Mother of Slain 7-Year-Old Girl Unveils Sculpture, Garden In Her Honor

CBS New York

By Rebecca Granet, 1010 WINS

HILLSDALE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Rosemarie D’Alessandro is driven by passion, patience and perseverance. But the inspiration she found through the tears and the pain of an unimaginable horror is what consumes her days.

“My main inspirational person is Joan,” Rosemarie said. “I would not have been doing what I’m doing to this day if it wasn’t for her inspiration, and it’s like she’s telling me to do what I’m doing.”

Her daughter’s heart and soul are remembered each day in the work that she does, by the pictures that line the walls of her home, in her daughter’s tiny ballet slippers preserved on display just outside the kitchen, and by the white butterflies placed throughout the house. Rosemarie even keeps a rock from the place where Joan’s sexually molested and murdered body was found at Harriman State Park in New York.

Rosemarie keeps a rock from the place where Joan’s body was found at Harriman State Park in New York. (credit: Rebecca Granet/1010 WINS) Rosemarie keeps a rock…

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About lenwtaylor

I am a sports fan who enjoys reading, writing [it's my job & passion!], photography, English, Italian and Old West history, travel, and classic movies; Bogie, Bacall, Sinatra, Gardner, and Monroe are some of my favorites. I also love Sons of Anarchy. All things creative are welcomed in my life.

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