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Victim's mother: Slayings left 'hole in our hearts'

The mother of a murder victim – a former girlfriend of Bulls player Eddy Curry -- today said that her daughter's convicted killer has left "forever a hole in our hearts."

A Cook County jury convicted Chicago attorney Frederick Goings, 40, Tuesday night on two counts of first-degree murder in the 2009 fatal shootings of Nova Henry and her infant daughter, Ava.

"It was like having a building lifted up off my chest," Henry’s mother, Yolan, said of the verdict. "It was elation."

At a news conference with several domestic violence advocates at the courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue, Henry said her daughter, 24 at the time of her murder, experienced "constant harassment, constant texting, constant stalking" from Goings. The two had an on-and-off relationship.

Henry urged other women to come forward with similar problems.

"It happens everywhere, and it happens every day," she said.

Henry declined to say if she has heard from Curry, who is now playing basketball in China. She said Curry has legal custody of Noah, her daughter’s surviving son.

Prosecutor Jim McKay told the Tribune after the news conference that Goings will likely face life in prison for the "horrific crime."

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez released a statement following the conviction.

“Nova Henry and her infant daughter Ava were the innocent victims of a senseless and horrific attack fueled by rage and greed,” Alvarez said in the statement. “While no measure of justice will bring back their lives, it is our hope that this conviction will provide solace to the Henry family as they continue their path to healing.”

psvitek@tribune.com

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