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Support group forms in Bergen for loved ones of murder victims

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CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS IT FIRST: Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli’s office has teamed up with a national association, the Parents of Murdered Children, Inc., to create a local support group for loved ones of murder victims. “I’m excited,” charter member Stella Tulli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “My deep core is of a helpful nature.”

Viviana (l.), Stella Tulli

For Tulli, the timing is more than coincidence: Her sister, Viviana, was strangled by a former boyfriend who then rammed her car into a police blockade a year ago next Tuesday.

Earlier this month, a headstone finally was put in place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Saddle Brook, thanks to a company that responded to a CLIFFVIEW PILOT bid for help.

( SEE: Headstone finally in place for slain woman as anniversary nears ).


And while her older sister wants to be sure that Viviana’s killer is punished, Stella also has been looking for ways to help others who have suffered the way she and her family have ( SEE :
Slip-up leaves slain woman’s sister still seeking answers ) .

The new group “is one of my tributes to Vivi,” she said.

Molinelli said the Bergen County-based self-help North Jersey Chapter of the POMC “is designed solely to offer emotional support and information about surviving the loss of a loved one to violence.” It is open to those interested from Bergen, Passaic, Morris, and Hudson counties.

CONTACT: Susan M. Tanis (victim advocate), 973-477-8285 or 201-226-5792. Or: smtanis@optonline.net, stanis@bcpo.net




MORE (Click on headlines for full stories) :

Slip-up leaves slain woman’s sister still seeking answers

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 16:05 Stella Tulli

ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT: My cellphone was vibrating. I wished my mom a “Happy Birthday” that morning and all seemed right. But as the hours passed, a feeling of uneasiness crept over me. So I answered. “The police called your father. They want us all to go to the police station,” Mom said. “Something happened to Vivi.”I got there and officers immediately started asking me questions. All I could stammer out was “Is she alive?” “Your sister was in an accident,” one of them said. “She was killed.”


Kulinski Memorials donates headstone to slain woman’s family

Sunday, 14 November 2010 22:04 Jerry DeMarco

ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT : A prominent memorials company is donating the headstone for a murdered 21-year-old Garfield High School graduate whose family has hit hard times. Meanwhile, a Garfield bar plans a Dec. 4 fundraiser to help Viviana Tulli’s family.


Murdered woman’s family seeks help getting headstone

Wednesday, 03 November 2010 05:29 Jerry DeMarco

ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT : Viviana Tulli’s dad got laid off and her mother had a birthday the same day the 21-year-old Garfield High School graduate was murdered. A devastated family was reduced to borrowing from friends and family to pay $16,000 toward her funeral, after getting $5,000 from the state. Now, Viviana’s sister is hoping donations will help pay for a headstone.


Accused murderer ducked out of halfway house, prosecutor says

Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:42 Jerry DeMarco

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli confirmed a CLIFFVIEW PILOT report that an ex-con accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend and then ramming her car into a police cruiser was out on parole when the crimes occurred.


EXCLUSIVE: Accused killer was paroled early after assaulting cops, making death threats

Tuesday, 31 August 2010 08:03 Jerry DeMarco

ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT: It wasn’t as if Viviana Tulli didn’t know the history of the man who authorities said strangled her Monday before apparently trying to commit suicide-by-cop. The ex-con had been released from prison to a halfway house earlier this year after serving time for assaulting officers and threatening a previous girlfriend in Passaic County, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has found.


He strangles 21-year-old woman, then rams police car head-on in suicide attempt, prosecutor says

Monday, 30 August 2010 21:49 Jerry DeMarco

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A bloodied man who police believe had just strangled an ex-girlfriend drove her car head-on into a police cruiser with the woman’s body still in the passenger seat, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said. The lifeless body of 21-year-old Viviana Tulli of Saddle Brook was found in the car driven by David Goodell, 30, of Clifton (formerly of Ridgefield Park) after the crash, he said.

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