Heroic grandmother Candy Arthurs, who sacrificed herself to save her grandchildren from being lured into an alley by a convicted child predator, has sadly passed away due to the wounds she sustained.
The incident took place on June 23 in Columbus, Ohio, and Arthurs died five weeks later after being stabbed in the chest.
According to ABC7, a convicted sex offender named Kristopher Amos approached the kids and asked them to help him find a missing drone in an alley. The man had reportedly lived in the neighborhood for years, but neighbors didn’t know he was a convicted sex offender.
The reason no one knew had to do with the classification of Amos’ prior offense — as a Tier 1 offender, Amos was not subjected to community notification.
He was busted in 2010 for “enticing children in a YMCA shower,” according to ABC7.
Arthurs was stabbed in the chest when she confronted the man. She collapsed at the front door of her house and identified her assailant as the man in the alley.
Her daughter Amanda Gibson witnessed it all and made a heartbreaking statement about her mother.
“She always said she would die for them and that’s exactly what she did,” she said. “She’s definitely a hero. It’s hard because she lost her life but she saved both of my kids’ lives that night.”
“My son and my daughter ran into the house and screamed ‘call 911!'” Gibson said. Her 7-year-old son was also stabbed, but has recovered from his injury.
Gibson said her son is “very traumatized.”
“We’re trying to get him in counseling now because he won’t come out at night,” she said. “If I come walking through the house at night, he’ll come and grab and be right on my side.”
The grieving daughter hopes Amos rots in prison and “never sees the light of day again.”
“I hope he rots in jail and that he never sees the light of day again and that he knows how it feels to lose his life,” she said.
That may very well be the case.
Amos has been charged with murder and two counts of felonious assault, and his bond has been set at $2.5 million.
Amanda Gibson has started a GoFundMe campaign for her mother to help the family pay for expenses.
On the page, there are two updates.
The first one reads as follows:
This is my mother her name is candy and she’s a Hero. On the night of June 23 2016 a man approaches her and asked for her help to find a drone that he was flying. My mother being helpful as usual help this man along with my son and daughter. 10 minutes go by and I hear screams of my children in fear this man had stabbed my mother and my 7 year old son for no reason.(he is doing fine) She was stabbed in her chest an it punctured her heart. She lost almost all her blood an is not doing to we’ll. He had a 99.9% chance of making it out of the ER, she did that and she made it threw 4 hours of surgery and still fighting shes deffently a fighter. We’re asking for help to help with her hospital bill and or if it goes bad other arrangements.. anything will help and it’s highly appreciated… my mother lived for her 5 grandchildren she was very loving an was very outdoorsy she love to take the kids fishing an on hikes an were hoping she pulls threw she’s a very strong women an saved the life of a child. Please and thank you I just put a amount I have no clue if this will work or how much well need but anything is appreciated thank you
Gibson announced Thursday that her mother passed away on Aug. 3.
I’m sad to say my mother passed away from her injuries on the 3rd of Aug.2016.
I would like to say Thank you to all those that have and that are still helping my family to try and get my mother to her final resting place . Thanks again and god bless
At the time of this writing, $4,625 of the $10,000 goal has been raised.