On February 27, 2019, Jacquelon Gaskin and both of her children, Gianna and Giovanni, were murdered in an act of family annihilation committed by Jacquelon’s boyfriend of 13 years after she announced plans to end the relationship. Naturally, her family was devastated. As they adjusted to their new normal, they began to get educated on domestic abuse and services available to victims and survivors. Through these interactions, they learned the rate of instances of domestic abuse for women of color is 35% higher than other women, however women of color are the least likely to report abuse and/or receive community based services.
This revelation brought about many questions, and they fought to find answers. So, in their journey to heal, the next step was made clear: Our 3 Memorial Foundation, Incorporated was founded. The organization's chosen logo was designed to be reminiscent of the 3 crosses that were donated and placed in the front yard of Jacquelon's home where the murders were committed.
Our 3 Memorial Foundation, Inc.'s mission is to provide people of color with financial assistance, crisis services, and safety advocacy that foster independence and encourage complete separation from their abusers.
As instances of domestic abuse in communities of color grow disproportionately, the demand for services and support continues to rise. We are committed to raising awareness of the impact domestic abuse has on our communities and creating safe spaces and situations for survivors. Through high quality services provision and community engagement, we aim to ensure that everyone has the chance to be a survivor, not a victim.
A Message from Our Founder
When we lost Jackie, Gigi, and Fluff so tragically and suddenly, naturally, I was devastated asked every question imaginable. Perhaps the most pressing was “Why?”, immediately followed by “Were there signs that we missed?” and “Could this have been avoided?”. As we have adjusted to our new normal, I’ve been plagued by those questions. If there is anything that anyone remembers about our beloved Jack-Jack, it’s that her biggest aspiration was to help women and children. She aspired to become a labor and delivery nurse, and had actually re-enrolled in school just weeks prior to her murder. While navigating the healing process, I’ve attended webinars, volunteered, networked with local DV organizations, and had countless conversations about the topic. Through these interactions, I’ve learned that many are being abused AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT. I am grateful to God for the vision to use our tragedy to help others and welcome every opportunity to work to ensure that no other family will ever have to experience the hurt my family has experienced and continues to heal from. We're working daily to bring this vision to fruition, and I'd like to personally invite you to join us. Visit the Support Us or Contact pages to learn how!