SOUNDVIEW SECTION, the Bronx (PIX11) – It’s been seventeen long years since Patricia Solomon-Lawrence’s son Gregory was murdered near a public housing development in the Soundview section of the Bronx.
And not surprisingly, on some days, this recently retired forty-one year veteran of the NYPD – who worked as a civilian crime stats analyst, says it hurts just as much now as it did the day she heard the news.
“From that moment, actually, I ceased to exist because I couldn’t imagine as a single mom bringing my son through all of his teenage life, that I would reach thirty seven, and he’s gone,” said Patricia.
It is through the lens of a child lost to murder that we sought out Patricia for her thoughts on the Baby Hope case. After 22 years detectives caught a monumental break — a DNA match with a biological mother.
It’s still unclear what, if any role that unidentified mother, or any other relatives may have had in “Baby Hope’s” abuse and gruesome death.
So for right now, we are all still left to ponder the same question Patricia found herself asking for several weeks as police searched for her son’s killer.
That lingering pain of living with so many unanswered questions led Patricia to join the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children.
It is there she found the emotional support she needed to honor her son’s life, cut short by violence.
For more than two decades, the public has carried that torch for “Baby Hope” – a nameless little girl found stuffed into a picnic cooler and tossed to the side of the road as trash.
But Patricia says the latest developments in the case will go a long way to toward providing not complete peace, but some degree of much need closure.