I learned today that Leonore Walters, the wife of our friend Doug Walters, died peacefully at home on February 13. Doug is the "angel" who took on the investigative work for Shane Watson's case and whose efforts made it possible for us to file motions in State and Federal Court. His tireless and passionate dedication to seeing justice prevail in Shane's case has been an inspiration to everyone involved in our efforts.
I first met Leonore several years ago when we brought Shane's case to the State Court in the Bronx. Leonore attended the hearings and was very committed to the case. She had a gentle presence, and shared our frustration regarding the atrocious spectacle that unfolded under Judge Richard Price's (sleepy) oversight. A year or so later I once again visited with Leonore and Doug in Chicago. It was clear to me that Leonore's cognitive abilities had diminished, yet she was kind and had a genuine interest and concern for the case and for Shane and his family.
In a conversation with Doug a couple of weeks ago I learned that Leonore had been in a nursing home before the decision was made to bring her back home for hospice care. The Alzheimer's had set in solidly. True to his nature, Doug devoted all of his energies to making sure that Leonore was comfortable and cared for.
As Shane wrote, Leonore was "a true blessing to so many people."Despite dealing with her own debilitating struggles, Leonore remained genuinely devoted to Shane as a person, and to his case, and for this I am very grateful. We lift up Doug and his daughter Elizabeth during the days ahead, that they may be comforted and strengthened.