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Local Motorcycle Club Helps Grieving Mother

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Karen Snipes, the mother of 17 year old Larie Butler who was murdered back in March, was presented with gifts of remembrance.

This time of year is especially difficult for parents who have lost a child, and with her daughter's murder trial scheduled to begin in the coming months, local organizations decided to reach out to a mother in need.

The same clubs that escorted her daughter's funeral, came back to let a grieving mother know she isn't alone.

"You know what I'm not even really familiar, what is there names, I don't even know. I really don't," said mother Karen Snipes.

A sea of different colors and jackets arrived outside Karen Snipes' home, to present flowers, picture frames and an ornament with her daughter's face engraved on the front.

"I really like it, it's shocking, I thought they forgot about me but they didn't," said Snipes.

Larie Butler's body was found in an abandoned Irondequoit swimming pool back in March. Police have charged 20-year-old DeVonte Lively, who is related to the family through marriage, with her murder.

"We want this parent to know she is not alone, there is a lot of families struggling at holiday time and we are supportive to them and to keep Larie Butler's spirit alive," said Raquel Williams of Unity Links.

The looming murder trial has been a stress on Larie's family.

"The more I have to wait for trial to start is like I'm prolonging myself, I'm reliving it all over again, the pain doesn't go away. It's holiday time," said Snipes.

Larie Butler was an honor-roll student and member of the school's Navy ROTC program who had dreams of becoming a nurse. Snipes says the ornament is a symbol of Larie's spirit and the new friends who are helping the memory of her daughter live on.

"I'm gonna put it on my Christmas tree," said Snipes.

And with the tough road ahead, even one brighter day can make all the difference.

"It was great to seem them bring us some good, some happiness all day. Now my daughter can go to work today and be happy all day," said Larie's grandmother Marianne Gollodgly.

Devonte Lively has been charged with second degree murder and is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail without bail.

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