|Birth: ||Jun. 8, 1974|
|Death: ||Jun. 20, 1996|
Noted Lacrosse Athlete. She was a world-class Lacrosse athlete in college, and the beloved daughter of Paul and Gail Willard. She graduated from high school at the Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova, PA, where she was a record-setting star who was named Main Line Times Athlete of the Year in 1992, and her number was retired and hung on a commemorative banner. She also led Notre Dame to the InterAc title in basketball her senior year. She accepted a soccer scholarship to George Mason University and was part of the GMU team which reached the NCAA Division I championship game. When GMU started a lacrosse program, she quickly became a regional All-American in that sport. Then a two-sport athlete at Mason, she loved playing soccer and lacrosse, and was a member of Mason's 1993 women's soccer team that was the NCAA Division I runner-up. She also received the All-Colonial Athletic Association and regional All-America selection in women's lacrosse in 1996. In June of 1996, she was living in Brookhaven, PA, and was last seen at Smokey Joe's Cafe. On her way home, she was stopped by an unmarked car with a flashing red light. A man identifying himself as a police officer asked for her license and registration and then lured her out of her car which was found the next day, abandoned on the ramp of the Blue Route (Rt. 476) in Delaware County, PA. Her body was found later that day in a lot in North Philadelphia. Three suspects were questioned, but there was not enough evidence to charge anyone. Her case was featured on the television series, "Unsolved Mysteries," as well as A&E's "Cold Case Files." A year after her murder, DNA matched a completely different person from those suspected. Arthur Bomar was an inmate in a prison when the match was made. He'd also murdered another woman, Maria Cabuenos, whose remains were found in another county. He was convicted of murder and received the death penalty. Aimee's favorite flower was the sunflower, and her mother and friends wore T-shirts with this flower on it to Bomar's trial. A sign with a sunflower on it was placed where her car was found, and a tree was planted there. Her legacy lives on in the Aimee Willard Commemorative Award given at the George Mason University Student-Athlete Banquet. This award is presented annually to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the standards of quality set by Aimee--intensity, consistency of purpose, achievement and teamwork. Other awards in her name are the Aimee Willard Award - given annually by the U.S Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament; The Aimee Willard National Collegiate Player Award - given by the National College Athletic Association; and the Philadephia Lacrosse Association - given to recognize the outstanding collegiate athlete participating in the National Tournament Club Division 1 & 2. This award was established by her mother, her coach, and the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association, this award is given to honor the memory of how this young athlete lived. Her legacy reached further proportions with The Aimee Willard Endowment Scholarship Fund which raises money for non-violence education while helping to bring the community together in support of victims' rights. Due to it's efforts, Congressman Doug Ose (R-Sacramento), introduced legislation called The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act which was passed by the U.S. Congress in 2000 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on Oct. 28, 2000. It encourages states to keep murderers, rapists, and child molesters behind bars longer, and holds them (the state) financially accountable if they fail to do so.
It has become known nationally as "Aimee's Law."
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