“What was it like becoming a parent to my sister and I overnight?”

One night in 1995, 7-year-old Phil Donney and his 4-year-old sister, Laura, heard their parents arguing.

That fight ended when their father murdered their mother.

Phil and Laura went to live with their mom’s sisters, Abby Leibman and Marjorie Shaw.

They all lived together in a two bedroom condo, and began rebuilding their family.

Phil, who is now 23, came to StoryCorps with his aunt Abby to look back on that time.

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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by Jasmyn Belcher
Facilitated by Beatriz Colonia & Eloise Melzer
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