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The Struggle to Survive as a Survivor

Louis Balancio’s headstone in Westchester, New York.

It’s the first day of Managing Human Conflict I [at Mercy College]. About 20 something students are in a classroom as Dr. Dorothy Balancio stands at the front of the room, preparing to start.

She takes a deep breath, then starts to speak. Her words sound meaningful and filled with sorrow.

“I am a homicide survivor,” Balancio began to say. “My son was murdered.”