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The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them. Lois McMaster Bujold

    UPDATE: The 2020 Memorial Toy Drive was even more successful than 2019. We we concerned the Pandemic would greatly affect giving, but we collected almost 1300 toys and gifts for the East Tennessee Safe Space for survivors of domestic violence, an increase of over 500 toys. Thank you to all who donated in memory of Leah.

This website is to remember our beloved Leah Avril
who was born June 13, 1991, and passed to be in the presence of our Lord on Nov.17, 2009, and who experienced the ultimate Domestic Violence situation, which resulted in her death at the age of 18. Never Forgotten! Help Stop DOMESTIC VIOLENCE! 




                               Forever 18 years young.........


Our lives are so much better by having had you in it, but so terribly sad with missing you daily!                                                                                           

             Go Tennessee Vols!

We are getting ready to start our 2020 Annual Leah Victoria Memorial Toy Drive on Nov.17 - Dec. 17.
All toys collected are donated to the local domestic violence shelter for children caught up in unimaginable circumstances. Leah loved children and would be so proud.

Leah is surely smiling down at all these gifts collected in her memory for the children of domestic violence. Over 688 gifts and counting....Thank you to the businesses that allowed a box to be placed there, and to all the ones that donated gifts. Again, Thank You!
"Justice will only be achieved when those who are not injured by crime feel as indignant as those who are."

           HOW WE LOVE AND MISS YOU!!!!

         Final Justice for Leah!!!

~ NOV.17,2020 ~ 11 years since our precious Leah became an Angel

In Support of Leah
                       Please keep us in your prayers.
                              How we miss you!


~"Our Lives Were Made Brighter by Your Smile"~ 



Leah was a part time model for the Chamber of Commerce of Sevierville, Tn.

This is from the cover of the current (2009)advertising

campaign for the Chamber. The photos had already been sent to the printers at the time of her murder.

Leah was a beloved daughter, sister, auntie, grandaughter, niece, special cousin and special friend.

Her life was tragically taken on Tuesday, Nov.17,2009. At the time of her murder, Leah was a student at Walter State Community College in Sevierville, Tn.

She was a 2009 graduate of Sevier County High School,and had accumulated 12 college credits. She was a senator in Student Government in high school, and belonged to the BETA Club and the D.E.C.C.A. Club.Leah was also a teen board member. She also played tennis all thru high school, and was a cheerleader in junior and high school.

Everyone who ever met Leah was instantly captivated by her smile. She was so kind and sweet to every one, a young person we were so proud of. 

 ~ ♥~ Heart-broken Mamaw ~ ♥~

 "And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"   Luke 24:32 (KJV)

 This was one of many favorite scriptures of Leah's, and she would quote it often to her Mamaw.


 Please visit little Kyle Holland's  memorial site:  


We Love you Leah!











~Our Saddest Christmas ever~The first one without our Leah~








"I'll Fly Away~ Oh Glory!"

~ To Leah ~ from ~ Your Moma~

Leah,You and I had always planned on going to France someday to visit your French relatives. Your grandmother, Josette, was born in France and that was a life long dream of ours. I am so sad we will never get to realize so many of our dreams. My heart is so broken~my life is so broken.





A scholarship in Leah's honor has been established at ~Sevier County High School~


P.O.Box 4124

Sevierville, Tn.37864

Mark your check "Avril Fund"


First recipient of Leah's scholarship

S.C.H.S. May 23, 2010




   A  salute  to  American Heroes 


Paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq~Mar.22,2007


Sacrificed his life to save another~ July 31, 2008


Fallen Firefighter~Dec.31,2008  



~Thank you for remembering our angel~

( Jordan Ray Cole's grandma)



Thank you for Leah's Balloon to Heaven

( Rain Serenity Arizola's mommy)




~We love and miss you so much ~

 Leah, we are still and always will be so heartbroken!

We love and miss you so much!!!


  ~Our Lives will never be the same without you!~



Mamaw and her Leah Angel Garden

Mother's Day 2010

~"This garden is for my baby angels"~


"Because He lives, I can face tomorrow."




How can we go on without you? Everyone who loved you is so devastated.

This is your sixteenth birthday picture. I wanted you to be my Princess, and you were and always will be. Now I call you my Angel Girl.

~Always and forever~ Your Moma


  Our local newspaper link is, also we have a permanent on line obituary in the Knoxville News Sentinel. 

~February 14, 2010~ Our Saddest Valentine Day~


~Please Light A Candle for  Our Leah ~

~ Leah ~ Daddy ~ Niece Haley~

 and of course Sadie, Leah's


~Taken Easter weekend~2009~


Haley and Auntie



Latest Condolences
Aunt Jo Missing You! November 17, 2020
Not a day goes by we don't miss you!
So much pain and sorrow as we deal with your 11th Angelversary.

Aunt Jo Wishing you a gentle birthday in Heaven June 13, 2018


dragan's dad Happy Easter March 31, 2018
dragan's dad Happy Easter April 16, 2017
Aaron Parton Merry Christamas Leah December 10, 2016
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leah's smile  Leah on location  I'll Fly Away Oh Glory! Leah's favorite Bible Scriptures First Baptist Church of Sevierville Panama City Trip  Advertising campaign cheerleader  Leah Senior Picture 2009 graduation 2009 Leah~ Amy~Mama~Haley  Daddy-Leah-Mama Daddy's superior little girl  Adoring neice Haley and Auntie  Mamaw and Leah Mamaw and Leah--2009 Auntie and Haley at Haley's dance recital 9/10/09