On July 1, of this year, Jonathan Dianis's only child, Kendall, 2 1/2 years old, was murdered by Alan D. Gates along with Kendall's mother, Corda'e Shimara Lee, 21 and a friend of hers, Valerie Gates, 24 at the home of Valerie and her mother, by Valerie's father Alan D. Gates, 51 years old.
The two girls had returned to the house to find that Valerie's father had broken in. He put them in a back room and shot all three of them. He then started making calls from the home to friends and relatives. The mother of Valerie called the Sheriff's Department and asked that someone accompany her to the house to see if Alan Gates was in the area. His truck was not in view. When they went through the back door they found Alan D. Gates, who had violated a restraining order, was asleep on the bed with a gun by his side. Valerie's mother proceeded to the back bedroom where she saw her daughter, Valerie, Corda'e and Kendall all shot dead.
I received an e mail from Kendall's paternal Grandma who was so filled with grief that I just felt a need to do something for her. Thus this page for Kendall and his mother was made. I plan to add to this site in the future by adding a page for Corda'e and also for Valerie. I cannot even imagine the horror of a man killing his own child and then proceeding to kill another adult and an innocent child. I only wish that I had enough time to do more at this time, but for now this is all that I can manage to do.
I want to thank Beverly of Moon and Back for the beautiful graphic she made for me on such short notice. She is a very dear and warm hearted
friend. I also want to thank my dear friend and web mistress Chris for staying up with me for 24
hours to get this site up and running.
I would hope that you would please leave a message of condolence for the family, this
condolence book is just for their use. In life
we have to reach out to those who need us
and right now I know that you are all so aware
that a word of condolence helps in these times.
You all are wonderful friends and I thank God
for you all each and every day.
If you want to read more extensively on this story of horror you can click on the links to read the story.
My heart goes out to everyone of these family members who have lost a precious life
through the pain of domestic abuse.
Story of Actual Events
Gates Appearance in Court
Alan Douglas Gates ~ Face of evil
We have added some links for help in defeating Domestic Violence but it seems that no matter what we try to do this is a never ending battle that
women and men face each day. Thank you for
your loyalty and your beautiful hearts.
Francine J. Pucillo