I was saddened to read of the passing of long-time leader of the St. Louis chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, Mata Weber.
Somehow in the fog that surrounded our family after the murder of our son in 2010 we found Mata.
My wife and I journeyed to St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis to attend monthly POMC meetings. There we found people we truly had something in common with.
Mata was there to greet us at the door. She shared her daughter’s tragic murder story.
Attendees were genuine when they said, “I know how you feel.” We were able to give and listen to heart-wrenching testimonials, provided by parents that wished they weren’t qualified to be there. There were guest speakers who provided keen insight into the working of the legal system.
Field trips to St. Louis, ESL City Hall, and Our Lady of Snows in Belleville followed to attend candlelight and memorial services. We met the state’s and U.S. attorneys up close and personal.
Our son’s case started out at the top of the unsolved murder stack. With each passing day one or two cases were piled on. Murder never ends. In 2014-2015 St. Clair County was listed 21st in the “murder capitals” in the U.S.
His murder remains unsolved. The perpetrators could be dead, imprisoned, or still walking the streets. Mata would say we just need to carry on and hope for the break that will lead to successful prosecution. Time marches on.
Bill Malec, O’Fallon