Chicago area authorities have confirmed that a body found in Calumet City near Chicago is that of Nailah Franklin, who had been missing since September 18.
We are praying for the Franklin family and anyone else that was touched by Nailah during her life. This especially hits home because this could have happened to anyone of us. Details surrounding Nailah's death have not been released. Out of respect for the family we will not be posting any further info surrounding this case or any specifics concerning Nailah's death.
Please go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15012097/ for updated info from the Associated Press.
In the wake of this tragedy, I received the info below regarding safety measures that women should incorporate into their lifestyle. Please read it and keep it in the back of your head. It could save your life.
1 Tip from Tae Kwon Do : The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM Toss it away from you.... chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get int o their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR , LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
a. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you.
If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it . As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5 A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor , and in the back seat
B..) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door . Most se rial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C..) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control,ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit yo u (a running target) 4 in 100 times;
And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN,Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP !
It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle , which is when he abducted his next victim.
9. Make it a point to purchase pepper spray, a personal alarm or even a whistle. The spray is an obvious way to disable someone but making noise draws attention to you and a would-be assailant and increases the likelihood of him/her running away and leaving you alone.
10. Make it a point to let someone know where you are if you are going somewhere or doing something outside of the realms of your usual routine (traveling to a new city, going on a blind date, etc.). Even if you don't share specifics, let someone know where you'll be in case you are lost or if your car breaks down.
11. If you're dating someone new or meeting new friends DO NOT let them know where you live initially, especially if you live alone. Meet a new acquaintance at a public or familiar place. Everyone does NOT need to know where you rest your head.
12. When you have parties or several people in your home (especially if you are a female that lives alone or with other females) limit the amount of expensive electronics, clothing, products etc. that you have out in the open. Not only does this limit the likelihood of something getting inadvertently broken or lost, it decreases the likelihood of a random party goer thinking or recommending your spot as a place for a potential robbery (it has happened to my parents before).
Let's remember how precious we are to one another and do our best to be our brother's and sister's keepers.
RD -ChicaGoGetter Team