I founded Girls Fight Back as a direct response to the 2001 murder of my sorority sister, Shannon McNamara. And while that was the initial eye-opening event, GFB was actually founded for so many more women. A friend of mine named Nick Albu, 28, was a friend of Shannon’s from high school. From the beginning, Nick has been a huge support of GFB. Recently he and I have been working on some exciting things that will work towards a big goal: That no girl goes to college without knowing how to defend herself. This will take time, but we’re crafting a pretty cool plan. Back in 2001, Nick thought that what happened to Shannon is a once in a lifetime loss. But three years ago, his sister Katie was murdered in Phoenix, AZ. She was spending a quiet night at home with her son when she heard a fire alarm go off, and a bunch of commotion outside. So she went out the front door to investigate, and was met by a man in a rage and armed with a knife. He stabbed her 30 times. In a few days, the jury decides if this man will receive the death penalty. I just wanted to publicly say that all we do at Girls Fight Back is for every victim, survivor and family member trying to cope with a violent loss of a loved one. Much love and support to all who know this pain. To read an article all about Katie in today’s Daily Herald, click here.