CONROE, Texas – Friends, loved ones and community members are together to remember a mother of three who lost her life Nov. 4.
Loved ones are now aiming to help her three surviving boys get the things they need.
At Papa On The Lake in Conroe, good friends of 29-year-old Michelle Ann Bullock held a benefit for her three boys – twins ages 6 and a 2-year-old.
“She was an absolutely beautiful person, and she lived and breathed for her kids,” said Gail White, a good friend of Bullock’s who organized the benefit. “She had the most bubbly, wonderful personality. She was not only beautiful, she was awesome on the inside and her kids were the reason she woke up every single day.”
Plates of barbecue and hots dogs among many donated deserts were for sale at the restaurant by the lake. It was a beautiful Saturday that brought dozens to the fundraiser.
“We’re all coming together for her and celebrating her life,” said good friend Sonia Perez who also helped to organize the benefit.
“Our friend was murdered on Nov. 4 by her ex-husband (according to investigators), and she leaves behind two twins and a 2-year-old and so we’re having a benefit to try and raise money for the grandmother and the family,” White said.
Michelle Ann’s friends said she had escaped an abusive relationship, but that Sunday, investigators said, despite having a restraining order, her estranged husband, 34-year-old Brian Bullock had come to her new home and stabbed her and a maintenance worker, taking their lives.
Investigators said Brian Bullock later turned himself in. Investigators said that the mother had experienced several threats by her estranged husband and had the children stay with a babysitter in case he came.
“If you’re in that situation right now, it doesn't mean you always have to be, and we want people -- if they come out today -- I’ve got bracelets; we’ve got phone numbers; we’ve got resource pamphlets. Come out and get those and grab one. If you’re secretly going through something, let us help you,” White said. “After my domestic abuse happened, I became friends with her through a friend, and we became best friends.”
At the benefit, many friends, loved ones and even acquaintances shared Michelle Ann’s story – one filled with empathy, kindness and love.
“She was pretty much in the same boat my daughter was in and she was so kind and generous -- what she was going through – she offered to give me some of her toys for my grandson,” said Deborah Paul, who went to one of Michelle Ann’s garage sales years ago.
“She helped us put our trampoline back together because it broke when all the kids were over -- she helped us -- she bought the pad for our trampoline to fix it,” said another friend. “We’re going to try and do as much as we can -- spend as much money as we can.”
Many attendees said they hope to help the boys grow up and remind them how much their mother loved them.
“It gives me hope that they’re going to be just fine,” White said.
White said the group is planning to do a balloon release and a candlelight vigil to honor Michelle Ann on Sunday evening.
White is planning a vigil to honor Michelle Ann at 6:30 p.m. Sunday The vigil will take place at 23802 FM 2978 Road, Tomball, TX 77375.