Grappling with grief: the Frances Flowers story

By Iacopo Luzi

Frances Flowers is trying to overcome the hardest tragedy of her life: she lost her daughter Taylor almost three months ago.

Taylor Flowers was killed by her boyfriend on March 11th of this year.  He later killed himself. Flowers was shot with an illegal gun after a domestic dispute. The couple had a baby together named Avah. She fortunately survived.

The killer had mental problems and it wasn’t the first time he was violent with his girlfriend, but 23-year-old Flowers was convinced that she could have helped him.

Now Frances Flowers is taking care of the little Avah and thanks to the help of Chicago Survivors, she is working toward getting back to a normal life.

Chicago Survivors is a non-profit organization that offers immediate assistance to Chicago families who experience the homicide of a loved one. They respond to all the homicides by offering help and assistance from the crime scene up to six months after the tragic event happens.

Chicago Survivors is the only non-profit in Chicago that offers this kind of assistance.

Frances Flowers decided to share her story to honor her beloved daughter, to raise awareness for Chicago Survivors and to send a message to all women, so that what happened to Taylor, doesn’t happen to anyone else.

Frances Flowers shows some pictures of her daughter Taylor and her grandbaby Avah in a photo album. (MEDILL/Iacopo Luzi)

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