Woburn Mother of Murdered Daughter Honored by District Attorney for Anti-Domestic Violence Work

Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone presented Arlene Meara the Paul R. McLaughlin Community Activist Award.

A Woburn woman who tragically lost her daughter after she was fatally shot by her ex-boyfriend has been honored by Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone.

The Lowell Sun reported this week that Arlene Meara was honored with the Paul R. McLaughlin Community Activist Award for her work with the Shannon Lee Meara Educational Foundation, which she founded. The award was given by Leone. 

As reported on Woburn Patch, in 2008 Meara’s daughter Shannon Lee Meara was shot in the head by an ex-boyfriend. Shannon was 24 when she died.

In the wake of her daughter’s death, Arlene founded the Shannon Lee Meara Educational Foundation to help combat domestic violence. 

"Shannon loved to help people,” Arlene told Patch in a 2011 interview. “I wanted to keep her spirit alive. Doing this keeps her with me and keeps me alive."

To help combat domestic violence, the organization is funded a series of projects:

  • A special program at the high school, Shannon’s alma mater, to promote healthy dating relationships:
  • A support group for girls there;
  • A handbook for teens on how to recognize dating violence and abuse, talk about it and where to get help; and
  • A scholarship for a Woburn Memorial High School student who has made a difference in her or his life or the life of someone else in connection with dating violence.

The foundation also funded a protective suit for the police Rape Aggression Defense program.

According to the Lowell Sun, the Paul R. McLaughlin Community Activist Award is given to an assistant district attorney, victim-witness advocate, support-staff member or community advocate who works selflessly and collaborates with community groups to create a safer environment.

Read Woburn Patch's full story on Meara and Shannon Lee Meara Educational Foundation by clicking this link.

Earnhardt March 05, 2013 at 12:06 PM
A well deserved award for a woman who has great strength and courage. Congratulations. Violence against women cannot be tolerated anymore.
Lisa Charland March 05, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Congrats Arlene!
Jen Ermini March 05, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Many hugs and lots of Congratulations to you!!
mdonahue March 05, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Congratulations to Arlene. Through your strength and resilience, you have shown others the path to non-violence. Most important, you have prevented other teens from similar fates with your outreach in the community. I hope you have some measure of peace knowing your story, and your daughter's story, are being heard.
Brenda O'Donoghue March 06, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Congratulations Arlene! god bless you for all you are doing to help others


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