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Theresa Gorski, 'Champion of Children'

Gorski, mother of two girls, worked for the Bronx Legal Aid Society in the Juvenile Rights division and will be mourned by many.

Theresa Gorski, 'Champion of Children' Theresa Gorski, 'Champion of Children' Theresa Gorski, 'Champion of Children' Theresa Gorski, 'Champion of Children'

The quaint house at 127 New Broadway still has ornaments dangling from a tree, red ribbons festooning the porch, and yellow police tape blocking the entrance.

On the shrubs Thursday morning someone has placed a bunch of yellow roses. 

The news came Wednesday afternoon that Theresa Gorski, mother of two girls, has been taken off life support following Saturday's alleged strangulation by her husband, 49-year-old Christopher Howson. 

The Webber Park neighborhood is reeling from its string of bad news this week, from the sudden death of Catherine Kadnar and the accident befalling firefighter Richie Green to this.

"I pray," one elderly New Broadway neighbor and grandmother to seven kept repeating. "It's incredible. The poor children."

Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, where Gorski worked for over a decade, released this statement:

With profound sadness, we regret to inform you that Theresa Gorski passed away today. Staff in her office have reflected on what a wonderful colleague she was and a passionate advocate for our clients. She did not survive an act of domestic violence in her home that occurred during this past weekend. Theresa was a staff attorney in the Bronx Office of the Juvenile Rights Practice of The Legal Aid Society for the past 11 years. Our hearts go out to Theresa's family, and her colleagues in the Bronx Juvenile Rights Practice office and throughout JRP and the Society.

Jessica Brenes, who knew Gorski professionally, commented on Patch, "she was a Champion of Children. I pray she is resting in peace and that her children are well cared for and loved."

A former neighbor, Eileen Wiseman, wrote, "I lived across the street from Theresa and her family for eight years. She was so very proud of her two beautiful girls, and doted on them both. She was a gentle, kind, lovely person. Words cannot describe the sadness." 

The District Attorney's office said that Howson was "still on" for a Monday appearance at Sleepy Hollow's Village Court and that "any possible upgrade of charge is still pending." He is currently facing charges of attempted murder and strangulation and is being held without bail at Westchester County Jail.

One neighbor is working on putting together a foundation to raise money for Gorski's children and said the funeral is likely being scheduled for Monday.

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