Family of Homicide Victim Makes Statement

Yavette Carter
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Updated: 4/10/2013 5:31 pm
Update: Children Begin Road to Recovery


As the investigation continues into the triple homicide in Holbrook, the healing process begins for two innocent bystanders.  Former Blackfoot resident Yavette Chivon Carter and her boyfriend Trent Jon Christensen had two young children together and these children witnessed the violence. The youngest, just two months old, was found in her deceased mother’s arms when police found the three adults dead at the home.

Doctors say by the age of two, children can start to form sentences. Many can walk or even run. As far as memory goes, a university study reported in the journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology, showed that children can remember events from before the age of three but these memories tend to dissipate as the child grows older.

“Kids communicate a lot of times through play,” said VerRonica Harper, LCPC. “Their paly is a metaphor for how they feel. It’s not necessarily contingent upon  what they’ve seen or done, but it’s how they feel and so that way the counseling can help them identify these feelings and process the trauma with verbal communicator.”  

There have been a number of studies done in regards to traumatic incidents in early childhood and the repercussions later in life. A key part to promoting healthy development started when these children were taken to away from the home to a more stable environment.

“They might remember it, it might be traumatic, it might not,” said Harper. It’s hard to say because whether or not they witnessed it, but it sounds like there was a big time from when mom wasn’t ther until they were found and that can be really difficult.”


The family of Yavette Carter has released a statement following her murder this past weekend.

The statement reads:

"As a family we are overwhelmed with outpouring of concern and generosity following the murder of our daughter and sister, Yavette Carter in the triple homicide that occurred last weekend," said family spokesperson, James Davis. "It has come to our attention that people may be asking for donations in Yavette's name, to ensure that all donations directly benefit her two beautiful children an account has been setup at Zions Bank under the name Yavette Carter Children's Fund and have launched a website where donations can be made at"

Yavette's children are now in the custody of their grandparents and the fund will be directly managed by their grandparents to make sure contributions benefit Yavette's children.

Family and friends are also working to organize a benefit dinner and raffle that will take place April 18, 2013 at Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot.

"We offer our most heartfelt thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who have already come forward to help with the benefit dinner and raffle," said Davis. "It is now our mission to help Yavette's children celebrate the life of their mother, who literally died protecting them."

To donate to the Yavette Carter Children's Fund please visit An account at Zion's Bank is available, to donate mention the Yavette Carter Children's Fund. A Facebook page, has also been established to help provide accurate updates.
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