Parents, family fight for strength after losing two kids to violence
Rochester, N.Y. (13WHAM) - Constance Henton and her husband, Dolphus, found themselves having another conversation about losing a child to violence.
"We said we found it hard to believe this has happened to us twice, and he said he's afraid for the other kids," said Constance.
Their oldest child, 52-year-old Tracy Henton-Williams, was stabbed and left in the road on Monday. She died shortly afterward.
Police have charged her ex-boyfriend in what they call a deadly act of domestic violence. Witnesses say Tracy was thrown from the vehicle her ex-boyfriend was allegedly driving.
"It's bad enough you killed her, but you had to do that to her?" said Constance. "She was trying to better herself, better her life. He didn't want that and he took it away from her."
Constance says Tracy had broken up with the man weeks prior, and she had made the decision to go back to school to become a full-time teacher.
The mother of two, and grandmother of two, worked at the Rochester City School District special education department.
The family says they don't want Tracy remembered a victim, and they want others in similar situations to find the strength to improve their lives.
Unfortunately for the Hentons, this isn't their first time losing a child in a violent tragedy.
Their youngest child, Ralik, was killed in 1992. He was caught up in the crossfire from a gang shooting when he was just 16 years old.
He died in his front yard, with a Bible in hand. He was on his way home from church.
"First Ralik, and now Tracy - I don't understand why this is happening, but I still love the Lord," said Constance. "I know one day I will understand this."
The family has been finding strength in their faith, and rallying around each other. And they're still finding the good that came out Tracy's grisly death.
The family wanted to recognize those who ran to Tracy in the road. They say they're thankful for those who stepped in and helped, and spent time with Tracy during her final breaths.
"It is not lost on us, and we are so grateful," said Tracy's sister-in-law, Bonita Williams. "Thank you so much for standing up when so many times people sit down and watch."
For now, family members, like Constance, say they're comforted knowing someday she'll see her kids again.
"This is difficult right now, and I don't understand, but the Lord - he sees and he cares," said Constance. "So I have to encourage myself and talk to myself, and know that one day I'll be with Ralik and I'll be with Tracy."