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Two years after woman's murder, family awaits trial

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PROVIDENCE -

On the second anniversary of her death, the family of Shirley Goon-Donnelly gathered with friends Sunday at Dexter Field in Providence to remember the 38-year-old murder victim, and to relay a message to the attorney general's office.

"The family understands that murder trials take a long time, but this has been two years," said Carolyn Medieros of the Alliance for Safe Communities. "Justice delayed is justice denied."

Medieros said she is leading the charge to try to force the hand of the attorney general to get a trial under way for the man charged in the incident, Goon-Donnelly's ex-boyfriend, Matthew Komrowski. She told NBC 10 that the only answer she's received from the attorney general is that "murder trials take a long time," an excuse she finds unacceptable.

The killing took place less than 24 hours after Komrowski was released from prison early under the state's "good time" law. The victim's mother, Gladys Goon-Chaffee, said she has heard nothing from the attorney general's office and that she wants answers.

"I have felt a lot of anger which hasn't come out yet. I'm still in denial," said Goon-Chaffee. "With all my family here and extended family and friends, it helps me a lot."

A pretrial hearing for Komrowski is scheduled for next month.

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