Family of murdered Hephzibah woman finds way to give back

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hephzibah woman is dead after possibly being strangled (WRDW-TV, July 7, 2012)
Hephzibah woman is dead after possibly being strangled (WRDW-TV, July 7, 2012)

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's been almost nine months since deputies say Todd Goff strangled his girlfriend to death.

The victim's family says it still feels like a nightmare they can't wake up from, but despite their pain, they are trying to find ways to keep Tiffany Salter's story alive and keep this from happening to anyone else.

"You just never think that you're going to have to bury one of your children," said John Salter, Tiffany's father.

One scene continues to flash through the family's mind. It's the scene where deputies say Tiffany's boyfriend strangled her last July, then drug her body to the woods behind their home where they found a large hole.

"I struggle helping my daddy come to terms with it, and then my own self," said Bonnie Salter, Tiffany's sister.

The pain from that day hasn't gotten a whole lot easier for the family, but they are finding ways to deal with the loss. Just last week, they presented a check for $1,500 to SafeHomes of Augusta, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence.

"Daddy let me hand the money over, and it was just an awesome feeling," Bonnie said.

The money came from extra donations to the Salter family that helped pay for funeral costs.

"I promised the day I asked for it, that any money left over would go to SafeHomes, and that's where it went," John said.

They're hoping the donation will help save even just one family from reliving a nightmare like the one they're living.

"This one [donation] is very sensitive to my heart because I can tell that they really want to make a difference in this community," said Aimee Hall, executive director of SafeHomes of Augusta.

The Salters aren't stopping with the donation. They also plan to volunteer with SafeHomes to help others hear Tiffany's story.

"I can talk about domestic violence all day, but I've never really experienced it like they have. So, for them to be able to come in and talk with others who have witnessed this kind of tragedy is so beneficial," Hall said.

SafeHomes says they are going to put the donation towards their legal advocacy program that helps victims of domestic violence get legal assistance.

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