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In 2021, Melinda lost her 19-year-old grandson due to gun violence which sparked her to start the nonprofit, Mothers of Murdered Angels, also known as MOMA. The mission and goal of MOMA is to assist mothers who have experienced the loss of their children due to gun violence, to be an advocate to help stop gun violence, advocate for victim's rights, and justice to those who create it. Melinda has also lost other family members to gun violence including a daughter (25, 2018), and a brother (26, 1980). MOMA has also assisted many families during crisis including deaths, imprisonment, and funeral arrangements.


  • MOMA will provide services and support to survivors. No parent should have to struggle in getting justice for their Angel.
  • Information on referrals to local community resources & social services.
  • Explanation of the Criminal Justice system.
  • Case status information & referral to assigned detective.
  • Assistance with Crime Victim’s Compensations application.


  • Victims of Domestic Violence or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
  • Communities have been suffering in many ways for many years. We have had organizations coming into the communities stating they are going to help. We listen to them they get our zip codes, receive the funding, and we never see them anymore. It is time that we use our own zip codes to get the help that is needed. We have survivors that need help with Trauma (PTSD).


Underserved Population Victims of Violent Crime

  • Too many victim groups historically have lacked access to adequate services—or any services at all. These groups include children, persons with disabilities, Veterans, older adults, historically marginalized communities, men of color, individuals with Limited English proficiency, formerly incarcerated individuals, and LGBTQ individuals. These victims — and all victims of crime — deserve holistic and competent assistance and support in rebuilding their lives.

Gun Violence Archive Texas

  • PUBLISHED DATE: March 29, 2020
  • Homicide/Murder/Unintentional/DGU1: 7,541
  • Total Number of Injuries: 9,602
  • Mass Shootings: 138
  • Mass Murders: 18
  • Number of Children (age 0-11) Killed: 144
  • Injured: 249
  • Number of Teens (age 12-17) Killed: 380
  • Officer Involved Incident Killed: 35
  • Officer Killed or Injured: 159
  • Officer Involved Incident Killed: 714
  • Subject/Suspect Killed or Injured: 505
  • Defensive Use: 1,164
  • Unintentional Shooting: 878
  • Murder/Suicides Incidents: 369
  • Gun Violence and Crime Incidents Collected/Validated: 7,500 Sources Daily – Incident Reports and their source data are found at the website.

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