The 2008 slaying of Ron Giguere by his wife, Marysusan Giguere, inside their home near Reston, was tragic on so many levels: Allegations of physical abuse, mental illness, incest and theft swirled through the trial. And then there were the couple’s two sons, then ages 14 and 12, who were just steps away from the fatal shooting, and left without either parent when Marysusan Giguere was sentenced to eight years for manslaughter.
The boys struggled on, and the oldest, Daniel Giguere, now 18, became captain of the basketball team at Flint Hill School in Oakton. But he was also struggling with depression, and, according to this remarkable story by Nicole Trifone on Oakton Patch.com, was about to overdose on pills in February of this year.
Instead, he made a video and put it on YouTube, expressing his frustrations with life. The video is below. It struck a chord with friends and strangers, and led him to launch a movement: 1VoiceInside, to encourage individuality and strength for youths, rather than conformity with the masses.
“We want to focus on the individual to spark a community movement,” Giguere told Trifone. “If every individual tries to live to their full potential and goes for their dreams, it’ll inspire others.” The rest of Trifone’s story is here, and here’s the group’s Web site. They also have a YouTube channel and a Facebook page.