Stained glass mural to honor domestic violence victims Sherry and Cedric Morton
Yoko Kato, a tireless advocate for domestic violence awareness, and others will be at the Children’s Advocacy Center for Hampshire County in Northampton, tomorrow, for a ceremonial installation in the hallway of a stained glass mural honoring Kato’s daughter Sherry Morton and grandson Cedric on the 26th anniversary of their deaths.
The Children’s Advocacy Center, 593 Elm Street in Northampton, is a welcoming, child-friendly house where children who may be victims of physical and sexual abuse, and their families, can receive many of the services they need during the criminal investigative process, all under one roof. The installation ceremony is 3-4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
Morton, 23 and her son Cedric, 18 months, were brutally murdered in their Northampton apartment on Jan. 11, 1993, by Cedric’s father, Sean Seabrooks. Seabrooks, who was convicted of two counts of 1st Degree murder, is serving a lifetime sentence.
The mural, which depicts birds in trees and includes a photo of Sherry and Cedric was created by Lynn Lattimore, a stained glass artist from Easthampton.
Kato, who once had a business designing wedding dresses in Northampton, has become a well known advocate of domestic violence awareness in the United States and Japan and has served on several related boards, including the Children’s Advocacy Center for Hampshire County, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, and Safe Passage Women’s Shelter.
“Yoko Kato has transformed her devastating loss into acts of comfort and assistance,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said. “Every day, abused children can tell their story in a safe and friendly place. I am grateful for all Yoko has done to for the Children’s Advocacy Center and helping the victims of crime.”
“This artwork will inspire all of us who work with child abuse victims to continue our work to protect children and end abuse," said Susan Loehn, director of the Children’s Advocacy Center.