Angel Hearts Support Group to help parents of children who were murdered

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is hoping to help parents whose children are murdered cope with the loss by providing a support group.

The Angel Hearts Support Group was recently formed by Von Daniels, Sheriff Richard Roundtree's executive assistant. Daniels' son, Corey D. Joseph, was murdered in Augusta in 2007 at the age of 21.

"I had a good support group," Daniels said, "but looking back, it would have been so helpful for me to have met with others who had experienced the difficulties I was going through at the time, and thanks to Sheriff Roundtree, I am now able to facilitate this group for those in need."

The group will provide ongoing emotional support and coping mechanisms to help parents deal with their loss, Daniels said. Members of the sheriff's office will also provide information on the criminal justice system as it pertains to parents who lost a child in a homicide.

Meetings will be held at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 400 Walton Way. The first meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

For additional information, to join the meetings or to provide assistance to the group, please contact Daniels at 706-261-0439 or