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Sep132012

The Face of Domestic Violence: Casket Photograph of Murdered Nova Henry & Baby Girl Ava Goes Viral on Facebook

By Rebecca Johnson

Recently, you may have noticed a disturbing side-by-side casket photograph of a 24-year-old mother and her 9-month-old daughter circulating on Facebook.  It is believed to be the image of Nova Henry and her baby girl, Ava, both shot to death on January 25, 2009. Henry's ex-boyfriend, Fredrick Goings, has been charged in the brutal murder.

During a status hearing on September 10, 2012, Goings' trial date was tentatively set for October 26. He will appear in court for another status hearing on September 25, which accounts for the renewed interest in the story.

Before the on-again-off-again romantic relationship between Henry and Goings ended in the vicious slaying, the two engaged in a professional attorney-client relationship.

Frederick Goings started out as the attorney who represented Nova Henry in her paternity battle with NBA player, Eddy Curry, who most recently played with the Miami Heat. Henry and Curry shared a son, Noah and a paternity test proved Ava was indeed the daughter of Curry.

Nova Henry (R) was fearful of Frederick Goings (L) who beat and stalked her, but chose not to cooperate with the police and move forward with the charges against her abuser.

But things took a turn for the worst when Goings became violent toward Henry. Chicago Tribune reports that Henry told her mother Goings “beat” and “stalked” her. In April, just months before the fatal shooting, Henry told police Goings tried to shove her down a flight of stairs, was harassing her by phone and had threatened her and other family members.

"This is not in the best interest of you or your child," Goings told Henry during one incident, according to a police report. "When your cousin comes out of the house, I'm going to shoot him in the head."

Though Goings was charged with phone harassment and domestic battery, weeks later, Henry told a prosecutor she did not want to move forward with the charges—clearly a mistake.

Authorities found the bodies of Henry and her daughter inside her South Loop townhouse apartment with multiple gunshot wounds on that fateful January day. 3-year-old Noah was discovered at the grisly scene unharmed.

Even before the brutal slaying of the two victims, Goings had a history of domestic violence. He had been charged six times in domestic violence cases, but was never flagged for aggressive action.

Now millions of Facebook users—some familiar with the story, some not—are being reminded of the grim reality of domestic violence, owing to the viral spread of the tragic photo.

Perhaps Henry’s lifeless face and that of her sweet daughter will serve as a tale of woe and a silent reminder about the seriousness of domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is going through a domestic violence situation, don’t be afraid to get help. If you have questions about domestic violence or need help call 1-800-799-SAFE.

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I saw that (scared the heck out of me at first glance). That was just an awful, tragic situation. The thing with those situations is that things can get ugly whether you decide to stay or leave. That is why I always tell people to pray for their mate, because trying to find Mr. Right on their own can be tragic. May her and her adorable daughter rest peacefully.

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLady

I thought the casket photo was a hoax, when a client showed me the photo, until just now reading this., it was SOOOOOO sad, this has to be difficult for the family-i am certainly praying

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiana Renee

OMG!!! So that IS real?? Jesus have mercy! This is the saddest thing ever. She and her daughter were so beautiful!!!

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEm

This breaks my heart. So so very sad.

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterO. Livingston

When a man tells you " I'm going to kill you" that is no joke! We as women don't see it for what is it, death!!! We need to love our self more! And know love doesn't hurt! Stop thinking he is going to change. He's only going to get worse! This man not only killed a beautiful mother but her baby too! What kind of Monster is he? They have a special place in hell for him! This is just an example of how deadly the wrong person can be...

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Be Aware

This is terrible and heinous to say the least. I hate that it has happened and that it has happened more times than this. Even though my heart aches for them; I can only say that I thank God that I escaped....

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustAGirl

This is truly sad tragedy..... as far as the comment from the person name Lady bout prayin for their mate....prayer is good, but u also need 2 pray bout getting the right mate ..there are people in marriages and relationships now who constantly are being abuse, but refuse to leave because they are "prayin" for their mate and their situation 2 get better... prayer yes, but u must also use your common sense and pray that u can have the strength to get out of an abusive marriage or situation before it gets worse and u end up like the lady and her baby in that picture...

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeaches

My prayers go out to the family.... and god bless them.... poor baby she was just starting to live only 9 months and she was only 24 this is sooo sad. It breaks my heart.... RIP...

December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYudi Garza

Had Eddy Curry never tried to deny his responsibly, they would both still be here... Thanks a lot EDDY!!!!!! U didn't want to deal with them???? Now u really don't have to. Selfish BASTARD!!!
Rest beautiful angels...

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergod'sbabygirl

Extreamly sad. If this happened 3 years ago, Why is the funeral pic just floating around fb tho? It shouldnt even be on FB! thats disrespectful to the victims. R.I.P

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

sad, sad. It has taken me a long time to share the same tragedy of my sister, just 2 weeks after her 27th birthday. dead by the hands of her boyfriend,who lived went to jail is now out living and me and my family still suffer. She never met the niece I named after her, she has missed so many Christmases, I'm 57 she would be 56. How I miss you Renee.
Let this be a message to others.. listen don't take words lightly you can seek help and move forward. Tell your family.
Praying for this family as I know their sorrow still lingers...

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermaria

I know the family quite well. Nova's grandmother is my daughters god mother. Nova's dad was in my wedding. I went to the funeral, it was absolutely beautiful, except seeing a stunning young lady laying in a coffin with her infant daughter next to her. And that monster in jail will have his own judgement day... Hopefully the courts rule in Nova & Ava's favor and put that monster behind bars till they take him to the death chamber.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I know the family quite well. Nova's grandmother is my daughters god mother. Nova's dad was in my wedding. I went to the funeral, it was absolutely beautiful, except seeing a stunning young lady laying in a coffin with her infant daughter next to her. And that monster in jail will have his own judgement day... Hopefully the courts rule in Nova & Ava's favor and put that monster behind bars till they take him to the death chamber.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

This really is a sad occasion of events! My heart goes out to the family of Nova and Ava Henry Curry (last name Curry by force)! However, on and off again lover, attractive well-to-do Attorney Fredrick Goings has been unjustly charged with the crimes and even before the end of his trial has been convicted; although significant information is being kept from the public! The first order of misinformation provided was that Nova Henry was Eddy Curry's (former Chicago Bull player) ex girlfriend! She may have been at the time of her first child birth but he chose to marry Patrice Curry whom he had three children with at the time. After Eddy's marriage to Patrice, Nova sought child support for her son Noah Henry (Curry then with New York Nicks) while she evolved to his fly by night mistress and ultimately got Pregnant a second time. Shortly after the birth of her second child Ava, Nova sought additional support From Curry and a DNA was performed! Based on that finding, Curry was ordered in September (before the murders) to increase the $6,000 in monthly child support to $15,000, the source said. No doubt, this had to be a major blow to Curry's Marriage! Normally when faced with a situation such as this one, it puts one in a compromising position!

NBA player Eddy Curry fathered the 10-month-old girl who was murdered alongside her mother, Curry’s ex-girlfriend Nova Henry, sources familiar with the paternity case told the Chicago Sun-Times.A confidential court document filed in September reveals a DNA test confirmed Curry as the biological father of Ava, whose last name is the same as a man questioned by police about the slayings, sources said. “The family never had a doubt of who the father is,” a spokesman for the Henry family said. However, Nova Henry and Ava were shot to death in a condo near 15th and State on a Saturday. Her 3-year-old son with Curry, Noah Henry- Curry, was found covered in blood but unhurt near his mother’s body. At the time of Nova's death the only financial resources that she brought in was that of the child support that she was due to receive from Eddie Curry! Things that make you go hmmm! So I close with a question! Is it logical to you that an experienced, successful attorney would chase down and murder the victims for an alleged $24,000 debt when he could have easily used methods that are commonly used in litigations?

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFED UP!

This really is a sad occasion of events! My heart goes out to the family of Nova and Ava Henry Curry (last name Curry by force)! However, on and off again lover, attractive well-to-do Attorney Fredrick Goings has been unjustly charged with the crimes and even before the end of his trial has been convicted; although significant information is being kept from the public! The first order of misinformation provided was that Nova Henry was Eddy Curry's (former Chicago Bull player) ex girlfriend! She may have been at the time of her first child birth but he chose to marry Patrice Curry whom he had three children with at the time. After Eddy's marriage to Patrice, Nova sought child support for her son Noah Henry (Curry then with New York Nicks) while she evolved to his fly by night mistress and ultimately got Pregnant a second time. Shortly after the birth of her second child Ava, Nova sought additional support From Curry and a DNA was performed! Based on that finding, Curry was ordered in September (before the murders) to increase the $6,000 in monthly child support to $15,000, the source said. No doubt, this had to be a major blow to Curry's Marriage! Normally when faced with a situation such as this one, it puts one in a compromising position!

NBA player Eddy Curry fathered the 10-month-old girl who was murdered alongside her mother, Curry’s ex-girlfriend Nova Henry, sources familiar with the paternity case told the Chicago Sun-Times.A confidential court document filed in September reveals a DNA test confirmed Curry as the biological father of Ava, whose last name is the same as a man questioned by police about the slayings, sources said. “The family never had a doubt of who the father is,” a spokesman for the Henry family said. However, Nova Henry and Ava were shot to death in a condo near 15th and State on a Saturday. Her 3-year-old son with Curry, Noah Henry- Curry, was found covered in blood but unhurt near his mother’s body. At the time of Nova's death the only financial resources that she brought in was that of the child support that she was due to receive from Eddie Curry! Things that make you go hmmm! So I close with a question! Is it logical to you that an experienced, successful attorney would chase down and murder the victims for an alleged $24,000 debt when he could have easily used methods that are commonly used in litigations?

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFED UP!

Is it logical that an experienced successful attorney would chase down and murder a victim. YEP he has always had a bad temper when dealing with rejection from women. SINce College. We thought it was because he was a QUE and some of them just act like that but FREAKY Fred has always had a temper and he would let you know in a minute that you would get FUCKED UP. I think he did it, but me thinking it and them proving it are two different things

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWe All knew Freaky Fred

Oh yeah, @ last poster! I just don't believe that to be THIS CASE! If everyone is so sure about this man's guilt , why are they obscuring the truth? (1) Did you think Noah told his grandmother that Fred (first time around) Fredrick (at trial) hurt his mom because he was the only men known to stick around? (2) Why is the media reporting that a Range Rover like Goings was seen in the area that day but didn't report that Yolan Henry testified that see followed the vehicle and that it had out of state plates and was found not to be Goings car/truck at all? In addition, there is someone else with a larger motive! Lets do the math, 6,000*12 = $72,000 per year first child and second child at 9,000*12 = a whooping $108,000! That totals $180,000 per year, now multiply that by 15 years, you get $2,700,000! There you go, you have someone that's due a measly $24,000 and someone that's indebted in additional $1,944,000 which he had no knowledge or say in! PPL really alt to start using brain! But my bad, I guess you all are because it was much smarter to take the little guy down than to go after someone who is basically untouchable!

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFED UP!

If the media was interested in what occurred in my (Fredrick D. Goings) case, instead of them reporting speculation and what have been told to them by third parties, they could have done the following things:

➢ They could have covered the preceding pretrial and trial to actually report what had happened in the courtroom those days!

➢ They could have examined the court files for themselves!

➢ They could have requested to have cameras inside the courtroom!

➢ They could have just simply set in the courtroom and took notes as to what was happening during pretrial and trial each day!

And last but certainly not least

➢ They could have ordered the transcript from the official court reporter and read verbatim what actually occurred in court. They didn’t do that! What the media did do was report an arrest, report an indictment, report the start of trial and the guilty verdict and then they quoted the prosecutor closing arguments when they know that closing arguments are not to be considered as evidence!

There is no PHYSICAL EVIDENCE,
BLOOD EVIDENCE,
FINGERPRINTS
or CONFESSION for that matter connecting Mr. Fredrick D. Goings to the murders of Nova Henry and Baby Ava!

During the trial not one single person stepped up to testify to witnessing Nova or baby Ava physically being harmed or bruised by FG!


THE JURY CONVICTED MR. GOINGS BASED OFF LACK OF PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, PREJUDICE AND BIAS “THE HORRIBLE ALLEGATION OF A MOTHER AND HER BABY BEING SHOT TO DEATH” hours before the President’s State of the Union Address on Gun Violence, Valentines Day two days later and at a time when Chicago’s murder rate experienced a spike!

There is no murder weapon that can be connected to Mr. Goings recovered by the police or testified about at the trial! This case is riddled with contradictory statements by the states witnesses. In addition, that so called video that placed a black Range Rover at the scene does not show what the police alleged it showed! It does not show license plates. More importantly, a police Sgt. generated a report that said “it does not show entry into or exit from the vehicle as alleged with cameras that are supposed to be Motion activated!

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFredrick Goings

Frederick Goings you are a COWARD! Your actions of running around, jumping in pools, and let's remember your texts to sweet Nova. Quote: this will not end well for you and your baby END QUOTE!!! How many meds did u take to sit in that courtroom and doodle through hours and hours of your psychotic texts being read by disinterested experts? Enjoy those choke sandwiches in there punk. Better stay in protective custody.

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwoodie4real

FED UP!, all I can say is that YOU'RE TRASH. Do you really think that man's innocent? What, are you a THOT mad that he's locked up?! How do youstart off talking about your sympathy for Ms. Henry's friends/family, to go into a soliloquy about his supposed innocence? As noted, this isn't his 1st occurrence of domestic violence,but God willing it WILL BE HIS LAST.

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertriflin'

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