For the Love of Gracie: Sadness and Hope

When the news broke about Grace Packer’s death it was worse than anything any of us could have imagined.  First, it was shocking to realize she hadn’t been missing.  It was disturbing to think Sara Packer knew since the moment she walked into Abington police station and reported Grace missing, Grace Packer was dead. You couldn’t get away from the news.  You couldn’t hide from the details of how Grace Packer died, how she spent the last hours of her life. 

How do we know what happened to Gracie?  Jacob Sullivan admitted what he did. On December 30, 2016, emergency services personnel were called to their bottom floor apartment in a house in Horsham PA.  Katherine Allbright, the third of their threesome, found Jacob Sullivan unconscious.  He was taken to a Abington hospital and before the dust settled back home, Katherine was driving Sara Packer to the same hospital because later that same day she found Sara also unconscious.  The two of them had taken pills as part of a suicide pact.  While he was in Abington hospital Jacob Sullivan broke down and told both his family and hospital staff he and Sara killed Grace Packer.  Abington hospital saved Jacob Sullivan’s life  and then called Abington police and told detectives about Sullivan’s admissions.  Jacob Sullivan told the story all over again, this time to Abington detectives.  Both he and Sara Packer were arrested shortly thereafter.  Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub asked Who will remember Grace Packer?  Who will now speak for Grace Packer?  We will. And that’s what I want to do too, speak for Grace Packer, help give her the voice in death that she didn’t have in life.  And I’m not the only one.  You can find out more about the charity started in Grace Packer’s honor – On Gracie’s Wings – by joining the Facebook page of the same name.  You can also donate to the Go Fund Me page – the Abington Loves Grace Packer Memorial Fund.  This organization founded by a few Abington mothers has already funded two scholarships in Grace’s name for the 2017/2018 school year.





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