Family of murdered Maple Grove woman launches domestic violence fundraiser

Maria Pew's husband has been charged in her death.
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Reeling from the murder of their daughter, a grieving Minnesota family is now working to raise awareness of domestic violence and help the women it impacts.

Maria's Voice is an initiative named for Maria Pew, who was found dead at her Maple Grove home on Saturday, May 2, after being reported missing a few days earlier.

In honor of Mother's Day, Pew's family is asking the public to donate to Cornerstone — a Minnesota emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence — in her memory:

The fundraiser, which you can find right here, is seeking $50,000 to support Cornerstone's services and programs. 

Over the last several days, they've managed to raise over $19,000 — with eight months of fundraising left to go. 

"Our call to action is simple; help stop domestic violence," a press release from Maria's Voice says.

The family has issued the following statement about Pew, noting their desire for her to be remembered for more than just her death:

Maria Pew is a victim of a horrific, unthinkable crime. But we will not allow her to be remembered that way; Maria would hate it if the world saw her as a victim. Maria was so much more.

They also note that she was a "desired child" who was adopted as an infant from Mexico City, growing up to be "an intense feeler" who had a gift for seeing "the world from the other's perspective."

Pew was 28 when she died; her husband, Joshua Fury, also 28, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with her death. 

The case began when he reported her missing late last month. Per the criminal complaint, Fury "appeared genuinely concerned" for his wife's welfare, but as police investigated, they learned the couple had been having problems and that Maria had intended to leave her husband.

Police carried out a search of their home with sniffer dogs, and found human remains — later determined to be Pew's — in the crawl space beneath the house.

Fury initially gave several statements denying harming his wife and tried to blame her ex-boyfriend, but after his arrest, he admitted to killing her and burying her body on the morning of Thursday, Apr. 30.

She was found to have died of asphyxiation. 

If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can find a list of local resources and services here. You can also call the Minnesota Day One Crisis hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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