Mother uses son's murder to help others

Marc Despain 5 years later
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Tuesday marked five years since Marc Despain was found murdered in his Jonesboro home.

Four people were convicted in that murder-for-hire including his wife Michelle Despain.

In the five years since his death, Marc's mother Tana Despain has tried to move forward and honor his life.

She began a non-profit organization called Marc's place to help others grieving a loss.

Tana said the first few years after Marc's death were especially hard, but since the trial has ended she has decided to quit being angry and give the situation over to God.

She said that has given her peace about his death.

Tana even said she forgives everyone who was involved in his murder and still prays for them.

She knows that would make Marc proud.

Through her non-profit, she hopes to be a shoulder to cry on for those grieving a loss as well as get them any other help they need.

"I told a friend today that if I've helped one person then I've accomplished my mission," Tana said. "But if anyone calls me and I just get to talk to them I feel like I'm doing something."

She also said she can help families do things like contact a prosecutor or police and get counseling if they need it.

"I am just here to help them if I can," Tana said.

She said she wants to remind people that it is okay to laugh in the midst of tragedy. She said remembering the good times in a person's life can help you get through a loss.

Tana said everything she does is to keep Marc's story and memory alive.

If you are going through a loss, she asks you to contact her through the Marc's Place Facebook page.

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