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Perrywinkle family has long road ahead

Cherish Perrywinkle’s family has a long road of recovery ahead.

“The mother is still just trying to take a breath and trying to live,” says Ann Dugger, the executive director of the Justice Coalition for victims’ rights.

“And the two little girls don’t even really know that their sister is not with us any longer.”

Dugger says the family is going through the “most devastating, heart-breaking situation” anyone could ever walk into.

Right now she’s trying to help Cherish’s mother survive hour by hour.

“She hasn’t been able to eat and drink and it’s just…every few minutes trying to get one little bite in her,” Dugger says.

She’s trying to help her come to grips that “this is reality.”

“It’s a hard ball in her body...it’s just devastating.”

The family’s house is in poor condition, and Dugger says they need to be relocated to a place that’s safer.

Dugger says the memorial at Highlands Baptist Church off Broward road shows that Jacksonville is grieving as well.

“And they wanted to be there to show their love.”

She encourages anyone in the area to drive by and take in the memorial.

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