Carmel family spreading message of kindness following 2014 murder-suicide
CARMEL, Ind.– It’s been nearly two years since Fishers teacher Shannon O’Malia Hall was murdered at the hands of her estranged husband who then turned the gun on himself.
It happened July 2014 in the family’s Carmel home. Today, her sister Colleen is sharing her journey to renewed happiness through a campaign called “Lets Redefine Normal.”
“I was living in her memory and in her honor and I wanted to make her proud and so I think you always have to look at the bright side of things,” said Colleen Stine.
In an effort to help Shannon’s memory live on, Colleen and her business partner wanted to do something that would change people’s hearts and spread kindness. So they came up with #LetsRedefineNormal.
The business duo is selling apparel and jewelry for the brand through their original project Mama Said Tees. They took the project a step further with a YouTube video of people sharing their stories of things that once broke their hearts, but yet they were able to overcome. The message starts the conversation of how we treat people whose normal is different than ours. Colleen and her husband are now raising Shannon’s two sons, 10-year-old Danny and 12-year-old Connor.
“When everything happened I feel like I was still normal because like I don’t know how I wouldn’t be normal just because my mom and dad were dead,” Connor said.
“I think it’s neat to be able to tie all walks of life together because at the end of the day no matter what you’re going through or who you are. Physical disabilities, religious beliefs, anything I mean we are all human beings,” Colleen said.
Colleen and her partner want parents to watch the video and discuss it with their children and just start a conversation about how we treat one another and respect differences. They’re also hoping to be invited to schools to share their message. A portion of the proceeds from the #LetsRedefineNormal campaign will be donated to PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center.