Posted: Wednesday, 01 February 2012 6:40AM

Bishop's Friends Take Her Domestic Violence Story To Others

MANKATO (TEC News) -- The death of Josselyn Bishop is another in a line of Mankato-area murders where domestic violence turned fatal.

Jamie Erickson holds a sign with murder victim Josselyn Bishop's photo on it Tuesday afternoon at the Blue Earth County Courthouse. (photo TEC News)

The friends of Bishop are taking her story to the public to make sure this doesn't happen to someone else.

They did their first presentation at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
"We had over 450 people show up," according to Jamie Erickson. "From there is starting to catch fire."
He says the presentation starts with counselors and then they tell Josselyn's story. Erickson says now that the legal portion of the murder has come to and end, they'll be able to expand on their friend's story.

A tattered sign saying "Roommates Forever" was at the site of a make shift memorial along North Victory Drive Tuesday. Two friends of Bishop came to the memorial after sentencing to have their photo taken with the memorial. (PHOTO: TEC News)

There were plenty of tears shed in the courtroom and family and friends listened to what happened to Bishop and the victim impact statements of her family.

"It was pretty traumatic in there for everyone," says Erickson. "Justice was served, even though it's not exactly what we wanted."
Now, Erickson says, its time to move beyond the court case.
"Now that part of their life is over and now we can start the healing process, the family has a lot of healing to do," says Erickson.
The parents of Bishop understandably did not want to talk following the hearing, but Erickson felt someone had to say something.
The courtroom through out the process has been full of family and friends, many wearing t-shirts with Bishop's photo and name on it to honor her.
It's been an outpouring of love and support that even her closest friends are still amazed with.
"There were over 1,000 people that came to the funeral and wake. That tells a thousand words right there what kind of person she was.
Erickson described Bishop as "vivacious", "awesome smile" and said she was "a good person who accepted everyone as a friend."
"She didn't deserve this," added Erickson.

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