9/12/2009Page 3At the time of her demise, Romelia provided financial and emotional support to all of her children. Although she did not earn a significant wage, she gave to her children the resourcesshe could, and each of the children received what money was necessary for their care andupkeep. She maintained a close emotional relationship with her children. Her children looked toher for support and comfort in their daily lives, as all children do. Furthermore, Romelia provided the usual routine services a mother does by providing a clean, safe, home environmentand serving as an example of hard work to her children.Obviously, Romelia's children are devastated by the tragic loss of their mother.Alvin maintained a close and loving relationship with Romelia throughout their marriage.As normal spouses, they lived, worked, and enjoyed life together. They relied on each other for emotional love and support. Alvin’s loss is as tragic and profound as the loss suffered byRomelia’s children.Romelia was a good and honest person who was brutally murdered in the truck she hopedto use to provide for her and her family. The loss to the dependents of love, comfort, andcompanionship is immense. The economic loss suffered as a result of her absence, both as awage earner and manager of the family, is substantial.
On September 20, 2005, Mark Goudeau (“Goudeau”) approached two sisters who werewalking home from a city park. He held a gun to one sister’s pregnant stomach and forced thetwo into the bushes, where he forced them to strip and continued to hold a gun to the pregnantsister’s stomach while he sexually assaulted the other sister. Phoenix Police eventually obtainedtwo DNA samples. The swabs were taken from one of the sister’s left and right breasts, whichGoudeau licked and later rubbed with dirt in an attempt to get rid of his saliva.At that time, police were not aware that Goudeau was responsible for the September 8,2005 murder of Georgia Thompson outside her Tempe apartment. Goudeau shot Thompson inthe head a single time. Police also did not realize that Goudeau previously committed sexualassaults in Phoenix on August 6, 2005, August 14, 2005, and September 15, 2005.After the sexual assault on September 20, 2005, Goudeau’s crime spree continued with aSeptember 28, 2005 robbery in Tempe and sexual assault and robbery in Phoenix, then a November 3, 2005 robbery and sexual assault in Phoenix. Goudeau was also responsible for astring of three separate robberies in Phoenix on November 7, 2005. On December 12, 2005,Goudeau murdered pre-school teacher Tina Washington, who was on her way home from the preschool where she worked. Goudeau shot Washington in the face. On December 13, 2005,Goudeau committed yet another robbery in Phoenix.3