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The family of Nova Henry, the former wife of Chicago BullÕs player Eddy Curry, issued a statement on the guitly verdict of Fredrick Goings for the 2009 murders of Henry and her 10-month-old daughter, Ava Curry. Henry's dad, Keith Henry (left) and mom, Yolan Henry, carried family photos in the lobby of the Criminal Courts building at 26th & California. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 14, 2013 4:12AM

A day after a South Side lawyer was convicted of murdering the ex-girlfriend of former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry and his 10-month-old daughter, a relative of the victims spoke out to express her relief and highlight the issue of domestic violence.

When Yolan Henry heard the guilty verdicts in Fredrick Goings murder trial, she said, “It was like a having a building lifted up off of my chest.”

“It was elation,” Henry told reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Wednesday.

Goings killed Henry’s 24-year-old daughter, Nova Henry, and Nova’s daughter with Curry, Ava, on Jan. 24, 2009.

Yolan Henry found their bodies in Nova Henry’s South Loop condo. Noah, Curry’s then 3-year-old son with Nova Henry, was left unharmed in the residence. He told his grandmother that “Fredrick” pulled the trigger, then pressed his fingers to his lips and whispered, “Shhh.”

Nova Henry hired Goings in a child-support case against Curry. But soon their lawyer-client relationship grew romantic and then, obsessively dangerous, according to court testimony.

Goings constantly harassed Nova Henry, texting and stalking her, Yolan Henry said Wednesday.

What threw Goings over the edge was learning that Nova Henry had hired another lawyer and was planning to fight paying him $24,000 in attorney’s fees, Cook County prosecutors said during the seven-day trial.

“Nova endured so much pain and suffering at the hands of Fredrick Goings. . . . Nova was afraid for her life,” Yolan Henry said Wednesday.

“Nova Henry and her infant daughter Ava were the innocent victims of a senseless and horrific attack fueled by rage and greed. While no measure of justice will bring back their lives, it is our hope that this conviction will provide solace to the Henry family as they continue their path to healing,” State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said.

Surrounded by others who have lost loved ones in violent acts and members of Between Friends and the Chicago Metropolitan Bettered Women’s Network, Yolan Henry warned others to get out of abusive relationship before it’s too late.

“We stand before you here today and ask that you or anyone that you may know take charge of your life if you’re in an abusive or destructive relationship. . . . Listen to that voice that tells you to leave because you can leave and have a healthy life,” Yolan Henry said.

Curry, who currently plays basketball for a Chinese league, has custody of Noah, Yolan Henry said.

She offered a “no comment” when asked if she was in touch with Curry or had spoken to the former NBA star after Tuesday’s verdicts.

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