The policeman stared blankly at her.
"I'm Lana's mother and I want to see her, she repeated becoming more alarmed. "Where is she?"
A strange look came over the policeman's face. He seemed unable to respond and eventually blurted out: "Well, ma'am he bludgeoned her to death."
Lee heard in her ears a scream that seemed to come from the depths of the earth and rise to the heavens. She distinctly remembered that in the midst of that scream, the thought came over her, "Free at last, my darling daughter, free at last."
That's what it can come to for victims of domestic violence and their families: the final release from stalking, beating, harrassment, victimization is death. She felt her kneess going out from underneath her and someone supporting her and saying: "The girls need you."