Family of victim of suspected S. Ind. serial killer starts foundation


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 5 at 8:31 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The family of one of William Clyde Gibson’s alleged victims has started a foundation in her honor. They are hoping to help spread the word about violent crimes against senior citizens.

After Christine Whitis was found murdered in the home of accused killer William Clyde Gibson, her family has lived in the shadow of her tragic death. Now, they’re stepping out to shed light on her beautiful life instead of the horrific way it ended.

Cara Adams remembers talking with her grandmother about what to name the baby boy she was expecting and how excited they both were to welcome him into the family. When Adams was seven months pregnant, her grandmother, Christine Whitis was murdered.

“You hear about horrible stuff happening on the news,” she explained, “but to actually live through it, it’s like a nightmare you can’t wake up from," Adams said.

It was devastating and tragic, but Adams and her sister Jenna Whitis say they cannot continue to focus on their pain. Instead, they want to represent the love their grandmother showed them.

“We don’t want people to remember her for her death, we want her to be remembered, you know, for her life and how loving and how kind and giving she was,” Adams said.

They are throwing their energy into creating Justice for Mamaw, The Christine Whitis Foundation, to spread awareness about violent crimes against senior citizens.

“We are in the beginning stages of scheduling events that are going to start in May and go throughout the whole summer to try and go ahead and just give us a base amount to work with so we can go ahead and kick off our Guardian Angel program," Jenna Whitis said.

The Guardian Angel program will provide the resources for seniors on fixed incomes to have security systems installed in their homes. It’s a step toward their mission of giving seniors hope, peace of mind and protection.

Adams and Whitis have planned a fundraiser at Molly Malone’s and a 5K run in September. For more information on the group, they say the best way to contact them and keep up with their events is through their Facebook page, Justice for Mamaw.