Chayen Farwell recalls that her legacy is a mental health lawyer who apologizes


MEDINA, NIV (WIVB) – It has been five days since Chain said goodbye and was shot dead during a Halloween party in Lockerport. It has been a day since Lockerport police arrested two teenagers and charged them with murder. Her mother, Rochel Hornner, still forgives.

I am at a point where I want to forgive them. I apologize. I am at peace with him. ”

“Her job was to reach out to people who needed help,” Horner added. “I just know you will forgive them. She was worried if they were going through something like this when they were young, that they would be fine, hurt, or worried.

If I want to keep her legacy, I have to do the same. ”

Cheyenne’s father, Jeff Farwell, is still trying to get there.

“It could be a few steps ahead of me,” said Horner. “It’s something I do. But my daughter will definitely forgive. ”

The 20-year-old said goodbye on Friday night at Niagara Street and attended the party until Saturday morning. That’s when authorities say the shot was fired through an iron gate. In all, six people between the ages of 15 and 21 were shot when they said goodbye to the hospital. Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojatazzek said the shooting was not part of the dispute.

That morning, Jeff Farwell received a letter from someone he knew. “I’m so sorry,” he said.

“So I called her and said, ‘Why are you so sorry? I told her. In the meantime, the natural thing for me was to go to social media, to go to Facebook. ”

This is where he sees the messages. “RIP Cheyenne,” they said. He appreciated the respect the police had shown that day. Investigators said he did not know when they were able to verify his son’s identity, but he did not complain about how he knew the girl was dead. But Horn said that this should be the lesson when young people go to post on social media.

“People always have to stop and think before they post anything they don’t know,” she says. We should be the first to know. ”

During the week, Farewell and Horner had the opportunity to speak with many acquaintances of their daughter. Confirmed what you already know.

“We were just around the corner (on the night of her death),” Horner said. “A girl says that she never wanted to dance at a party. (Cheyenne) ‘I’ll dance with you!’ She said. That was her spirit. ”

After graduating from Medina High School, she took that spirit to the college where she studied to become a therapist. It is a way of life that is not random or coincidental. Horner says that she has spent most of her life dealing with mental health issues.

She told me the other day that she had reconciled her and said, ‘I still feel sad sometimes, but I know I’m fine and I know I can make a difference. So I want to be able to help people in these low places.

“When she decided to change her major,” said Hornner, “one of the things she wanted to do was to work with the children of the city. “It always hurt that – and the therapist couldn’t afford it, so she had a lot of friends on the boat. They are expensive. ”

There is at least one person who understands the importance of Chayen’s mental health – her father.

“I was the only guy you fired and if you continue your day and just ignore it. I’m telling you the truth. ”Jeff Farwell “But she taught me that it is not something you can just shake and ignore. You have to face your issues face to face. ”

The GoFundMe page for the family has already raised about $ 30,000 by Thursday afternoon. Farewell and Hornner say they want to take some of that money and put it into a scholarship for their daughter’s honor. It goes to students who are dealing with mental health issues.

“One of my friends had just given birth (Wednesday). They now share the same middle name, ”Horn said. This was very moving for me. Life goes on. We must go through times of grief. But there is so much beauty in the world. ”

Chris Horavatis He has been an award-winning anchor and reporter as part of the News 4 team since 2017. See more of his works over here

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