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Garfield Native Spearheads Support Group For Murder Victims' Families

 "Death is a very complicated subject to speak about. People don't want to deal with death, and especially a murder."
"Death is a very complicated subject to speak about. People don't want to deal with death, and especially a murder." Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT photo
Viviana Tulli, at left, with her siste,r Stella.
Viviana Tulli, at left, with her siste,r Stella. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Stella Tulli
Tulli hopes people are willing to share their grief instead of holding it in.
Tulli hopes people are willing to share their grief instead of holding it in. Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT photo

GARFIELD, N.J. — Five years ago, an ex-con who fled a halfway house killed his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Viviana Tulli, leaving her sister, Stella, devastated. Now, the Garfield native hope to finally realize a dream of organizing a North Jersey support group for the loved ones of murder victims.

"This grief is like no other," Stella Tulli told Daily Voice. "It is grief but I have no name [for it]. It rolls -- one day's good, one day's bad. I would like to be able to share and help another person going through it as well."

Tulli came up with the idea a few years ago, but it took awhile to take hold. Assisting her informally is victims advocate Susan Tanis of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. Tanis has seen plenty of families deal with the murder of a loved one.

"To me there's no other death like a homicide," Tanis told Daily Voice.

Tulli hopes people are willing to share their grief instead of holding it in.

"I think that's the most important thing, to be able to talk," she said. "Death is a very complicated subject to speak about. People don't want to deal with death, and especially a murder."

Tulli said she's still working on a name and a meeting place. She's already compiled a database of families and is hoping more people will join once they hear about it.

MORE : Contact Tulli at stelbdel@gmail.com or Tanis at smtanis@optonline.net .

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