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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Bob and Rachel Gross, Liberty Mills IN

Bob and his daughter Heidi

Bob Gross organized the Pilgrimage March in 1990.

It began at Death Row Starke, Florida and ended at the burial site of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta. Sister Helen Prejean led that march. It was three years before her book, Dead Man Walking came out. Many people were inspired by that march. Rick Halperin was one of them. Rick’s inspiration led to the 1991 TASK March in Texas.

Bob Gross, in his position of Field Director for the National Coalition to Abolish The Death Penalty was able to lend an organizing hand. The TASK March is now History.

On the TASK March, Bill Pelke and Wayne Crawley approached Bob and asked him if he would organize a similar event in Indiana that could be led by murder victim family members.

Since Bob lived in Liberty Mills, Indiana it was hard for him to say no to an event that would be led by murder victim family members especially if it was in his home state.

And so as the first major project of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, we turned ‘Indiana – The Place to Be in 93” into Journey of Hope...from Violence to Healing. Bob organized the entire 1993 Indiana Journey of Hope.

To Bob Gross, his wife Rachel and their daughters Anna and Heidi, we say thank you.

To The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, we say thank you, the Journey of Hope will be forever grateful.

To Marie Deans who founded Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, we say thank you. Marie wanted MVFR to be on the abolitionists map.


Thank you Bob, Thank you Rachel, Thank you Anna, Thank you Heidi

And We Thank You in Loving Memory of Grant Verbeck