The WPS office in downtown Los Angeles, where Erin the office worker was fatally shot, has been transformed into a memorial for Erin, a 24-year-old mother of two who died from her injuries.
“We are now the center of our community, a place where our community can come together and heal,” Erin’s mother, Heather, told Al Jazeera.
The Wps office has been home to a wide range of services for the past two years, including counseling, employment and support services, as well as support groups and activities.
“There’s no words that describe what it’s like to be so afraid, to have people you love calling and calling,” she said.
The first day of the memorial service on Sunday, more than 300 people came to Wps to pay their respects.
“I’m going to hold onto this,” said Megan McBride, a 25-year veteran of the police department who has worked at Wps for almost two years.
“She was a wonderful person.
She was a caring person.
The worst part of my life, was being afraid to be alone, and not knowing who my children were.”
McBride said she was scared that her children would feel like “there was no one there”.
The Wsp office was established in 1992 by former Los Angeles Police Chief Harry Edwards, who was fired in 2013 after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman, according to the Los Angeles Times.
He has denied the allegations.
McBride described the incident as “a terrible mistake” but added that she was grateful that her family was able to get through it.
“It’s not like they’re dead, it’s not that they’re a ghost,” she told Aljazeera.
It’s not easy to deal with that. “
When we see them, I hope that we can say, ‘Thank you, Erin, thank you for coming and being a part of this’.
It’s not easy to deal with that.
They don’t know if they’ll ever see her again, and she’s so beautiful.
It’s just a shame.”
‘There are no words’ The Wp offices work has helped many other victims of sexual assault, including a 24 year-old woman who suffered a severe spinal cord injury, and a 32 year-man who suffered multiple fractures.
“The fact that they have a dedicated office in this city that is here to help people in need is huge,” said Angela Mancuso, a survivor of sexual abuse who worked at the Wps offices for 18 years.
She said the office has helped her cope with anxiety and PTSD, and helped her to regain her sense of self.
“Sometimes it can be hard to get out of bed, but that’s where the Wp office comes in,” Mancusa told Alja.
“To me, it has meant everything.
Mancuse added that the Wsp offices staff has also given her a voice. “
Every time we go to the office and do our thing, we have these people that come and listen to us, and they see we’re hurting, that we’re trying to get to the hospital, they see the trauma that we have, and that they can help us.”
Mancuse added that the Wsp offices staff has also given her a voice.
“Even though I was a victim, they saw my pain and were able to help me out in so many ways,” she added.
It is something we are proud of’ The new Wps headquarters is also being praised by many former Wps employees. “
And I hope my kids can be able to have a voice in the future.”‘
It is something we are proud of’ The new Wps headquarters is also being praised by many former Wps employees.
“What a fantastic place to work, to be here,” said Mark Baca, who has been a police officer for 15 years.
He said that the work was a “great fit” for the WPS.
“This is a place to have an office for the people, a safe place to go, a space where you can be yourself, where you don’t have to worry about the people around you,” Baca said.
“As far as the people at Wsp are concerned, they are proud.”
The W sp office has also attracted attention in recent weeks for its work to provide safe spaces for people with mental health issues.
“If you look at the number of people who have come to us for mental health, they have been incredible,” said John O’Donnell, Wsp’s former director of mental health.
“You can count on that, I think, to stay in the office.”
O’Brien said that a number of officers have told him that they feel at home in the W sp offices.
“In this department, you are not the one that you should be worrying about,” he said.