Anna Lynn Hurd, the 16-year old who was murdered in a Maplewood, Minn. park in February by her boyfriend has inspired her mother to write a book, hoping the family's tragic loss will help save more lives struck by domestic violence.
Hurd's mom Jennifer Smith has written an online book detailing the attack and the missed warning signs. Her hope is that the story will bring awareness to the issue of teen dating violence and abuse.
The new online book, "I trusted him: The True Story of Anna Lynn Hurd" with its dramatic trailer on YouTube recounts her final days told in her voice, a teen trapped in a claustrophobic relationship. She ends up dead trying to get out.
Smith teamed with author and advocate Cherry Tigris on the project.
"No one was surprised he did it. No one was surprised," Tigris said in a Skype interview with Fox 9.
"The tragedy really lies with this boy who really didn't know how to handle jealousy and rage issues. And it escalated and escalated until Anna felt she had to do whatever it took to get away from him," Tigris said.
Smith is also working closely with The Dwelling Place, a St. Paul shelter for battered women by raising money and awareness especially for its teen dating violence program.
Dwelling Place executive director Jody Cowdin insists the only way to end the vicious cycle of domestic violence is to target the younger generation, and Hurd's story is one way to do it.
"It's a way of redeeming the tragedy. It's a high price to pay. But if she can use her passion to help save other lives, for her, it's really helpful," Cowdin said.
"We have to help kids grow up knowing there is a choice. If all they know is, I grow up to be a victim or an abuser, they don't know the third choice. You can grow up to be a survivor," Cowdin said.
Read the book: http://bit.ly/19UZO89
See the trailer: youtu.be/8CPbViNH1hs
Hurd's boyfriend Anthony Mitchell is currently behind bars, sentenced to nearly 22 years, after pleading guilty in her stabbing death. He was sentenced to nearly 22 years.