Tyler King was just 13-years-old when his sister was killed. 17-year-old Chelsea had gone out for a jog near their home in San Diego and never came back.
She was abducted and murdered by John Albert Gardner III, a convicted sex offender, who repeatedly violated parole and pled guilty to taking Chelsea’s life.
Four months after her death, Tyler convinced his parents to move back to their hometown, Naperville, to be with old friends and escape the media frenzy that was a constant reminder of losing his sister.
As a way to work through his grief, he began work on the 30-minute documentary, “Chelsea’s Light: A Brother’s Journey” to help raise awareness of the devastation inflicted by sexual predators.
“The film really it has been such a tremendous thing in my life. It’s been a healing process for me and my parents,” said Tyler. “It’s truly wonderful because now I’ve come to grasp with what my situation is through the film, so I’m really appreciative of this opportunity.”
The documentary, written and narrated by Tyler, and directed by Emmy Award winner Bruce Caulk, focuses on the process of grieving and healing through Tyler’s eyes as well as others who have lost someone to a sexual predator.
The King family hopes that this documentary will serve as a catalyst for a one-strike law that they hope to pass in Illinois, similar to the one they helped to pass in California named “Chelsea’s Law” that requires life without parole sentences for adult predators who kidnap, drug, bind, torture, or use a weapon while committing a sex crime against a child.
“I want to give the community the message that this can’t happen anymore. Sisters can’t be dying. They can’t be raped and murdered over and over again. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else so this needs to stop and that’s what I want everyone to know,” said Tyler.
Tyler and his family have also set up “Chelsea’s Light Foundation,” a group that aims to unleash the potential of people and communities, help to protect children and spread a positive change.
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