A producer for ABC’s Good Morning America is sharing the harrowing story of the homicide of her 7-year-old daughter by her ex-husband, simply hours after they finalized their divorce.
In her new memoir, Michelle Hord relives the day 5 years in the past when ex-husband Neil White killed Gabrielle.
The tragedy unfolded in June, 2017, when her estranged husband lastly agreed to signal the divorce papers.
Speaking on E! News’ Daily Pop, Michelle shared particulars of what occurred subsequent.
It was June 2017 when her ex lastly agreed to signal the divorce papers, however by that time, she instructed E! “there was so much friction” between the 2 that she was dwelling in a rental home.
Then, on June 6, “I got this call from my nanny with this bloodcurdling scream, and it was clear she was at a crime scene.”
“I went in a little room and shut the door…got on my knees and said ‘God, I do not know what I’m walking into, but whatever it is, please just give me the strength to deal with it.'”
But Michelle’s world was modified eternally when she found her daughter had been suffocated.
Two years later, a jury discovered Neil responsible of her homicide, and sentenced to 25 years to life in jail.
After her ordeal, Michelle turned to religion to assist her cope, and started to write down her feelings down in a collection of journals.
Those journals turned the idea for her new guide: The Other Side of Yet: Finding Light within the Midst of Darkness.
“I’ve always loved writing. But it felt like life or death,” Michelle instructed ABC News. “It felt like, you know, when something traumatic and unexpected happened, I think we all look for familiarity, whether that’s food, music, friends, loved ones, and writing is like breathing for me. I realized that this was my testimony, and it was important to share it.”
She additionally honors Gabrielle’s legacy by means of her nonprofit, Gabrielle’s Wings, which helps present assets and help to kids of colour in weak communities by offering instructional and enrichment alternatives.
Ultimately, Michelle simply hopes her guide can assist others.
“Survival looks different every day,” she confessed to ABC News. “And the truth is you do wrestle.
“And sometimes faith is about putting a foot out in front of you at the edge of the cliff…and knowing that somehow something’s going to catch you.”
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