Slain Florida woman's life insurance benefit will go to mother

Apr 27, 2011

Dieu-Damas took out her life insurance policy while she was an employee at a Publix Super Market.

A Florida judge has ruled that the estate of Guerline Dieu Damas, who was slain along with her five children on September 17, 2009, will go to her mother, according to Naples News.

The victim had taken the life insurance policy through her employer of 13 years, Publix Super Markets. Dieu-Damas' mother, Thelicia Medor, was the next beneficiary on the life insurance policy, after her husband and children, the source reported.

Dieu-Damas' husband, Mesac Damas, confessed to the murders and is being held on six counts of murder, awaiting a psychological evaluation. According to the source, last September he signed a release relinquishing his rights to the life insurance payout. However, until he is officially convicted, he may still be eligible for certain proceeds from the estate.

Guerline Damas' brother, Edson Dieu, the designated executor of her estate, told the source that, though the money may help cover expenses, it cannot help the family put Dieu-Damas' death behind them. He plans to use some of the funds to cover burial expenses, estate bills and also to honor her memory.

"She always wanted to donate to victims of abuse," Dieu told the news source. "Maybe she can do that now. For her sake, that would be nice."

This is a unique case, as Florida's slayer statute usually prevents a murderer from inheriting from their victim.  

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