Mother, 2 sisters, daughter stand firm
Jonathan T. Lovitt
LOS ANGELES - From the day O.J. Simpson was arrested, four women stood
by their man: his mother, two sisters and oldest daughter.
They were unwavering in their support. And Tuesday, they were undying in their
"I knew that my son was innocent," said his mother, Eunice, who uses a
wheelchair. "I had the support of so many people all over the world."
"I just feel like standing on top of this table and dancing a jig," said sister Shirley
"We were very prayerful and on an emotional roller coaster," said sister
Carmelita Simpson-Durio. "When one would break down, the others would come
together and lift us up. And then the next one would break down. We were just
all there for each other."
"We're a very strong family and we stick together," said Arnelle, the oldest of
Simpson's four children.
"We believed that no matter what was going to happen that God was going to
take care of it. Just knowing that, we knew we were going to do it."
They also were quick to strike out when they believed O.J. Simpson was unfairly
attacked. Last week, when victim Ronald Goldman's father, Fred, blasted defense
lawyer Johnnie Cochran's closing argument, Simpson's family rose to the
Shirley Baker said the attack was "wrong . . . even when you're hurting."
The Simpson family members maintained a cordial relationship with Nicole
Brown's family, caretakers of the younger Simpson children, despite the families'
disagreement over the trial.
"At the courthouse, Juditha Brown spoke to the other grandmother, Eunice.
They've shared grandmother stories with each other," said the Browns' lawyer,
Gloria Allred. "The Brown family does not blame any other member of the
Simpson family for what has occurred."
PHOTO,b/w,Myung J. Chun