The employer of Clarine Collier-Wilson, a 28-year-old woman who was fatally stabbed Tuesday as she walked to her Adams-Morgan apartment, said yesterday that it has started a fund to raise money for the care of her two children.
The Fielding Co., a defense-related firm based in the District, said the fund will provide scholarships, counseling and other services for Collier-Wilson's daughters, Pareece, 3, and Kamilla, 10. It also will pay her funeral costs.
Yesterday afternoon, the slain woman's family met with shadow senator-elect Jesse L. Jackson in the offices of the Fielding Co., where Collier-Wilson had worked as an office manager. Jackson spent about an hour with the family, offering condolences and advice.
Collier-Wilson's killing left her older daughter an orphan. Her father died last year in California. The other daughter's father, from whom Collier-Wilson was divorced, lives in the District and had shared custody of the child.
Janis Collier, Collier-Wilson's sister, said yesterday that no decision has been made on who will assume legal custody of Kamilla. Collier-Wilson's survivors include four sisters, two brothers and her mother, who lives in Florida.
A spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of Human Services said the city's policy on children who have been orphaned as the result of a crime is to place the child in foster care with an immediate family member of the deceased. At some point a legal adoption would be possible by an immediate family member.
Collier said she still finds it hard to accept her sister's death. "I don't feel like she has died," she said. "I feel right now that I'm babysitting."
D.C. police continue to investigate the slaying and have made no arrests.
The Fielding Co. said contributions to the children's fund can be made by sending a check to the Clarine Collier-Wilson Fund, care of the Fielding Co., Room 8, 1500 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005.