NOVI (CBS Detroit) Five months after a horrific attack — reportedly at the hands of one of her sons — Rose Cipriano walked triumphantly onto the field this weekend at the Catholic Central football game.
With a big smile on her face, Cipriano was tightly clutched by her son Tanner Cipriano, a player on the Shamrocks’ team.
“Smiles and tears and so grateful that Tanner got his Mom on this special occasion. This must have been scary for Rose to have such a public coming out. Thus shows Roses spirit and strength and mostly her love for her son. Live is strength. Rose you are a hero,” Facebook friend Sue McCarthy Kaminsky wrote on the Cipriano family support page.
Rose Cipriano, 51, was released from the hospital and into a rehab center June 19. She had been savagely beaten, her husband Bob Cipriano, 52, killed, and son Salvatore Cipriano — Tanner’s twin — critically injured in the attack in her home April 16.
Son Tucker Cipriano, 19, and his pal Mitchell Young, 20, were ordered to stand trial in June on first-degree murder charges, accused of breaking into the home and attacking the family with baseball bats in a drug-fueled rage. Tanner and his 8-year-old sister, Isabella, hid during the brutal beating and escaped unharmed after calling 911, police said.
Tucker Cipriano and Young face life in prison if convicted on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder, assault with intent to murder and armed robbery.
According to witness testimony, Tucker Cipriano and Young had talked about murdering a family for about two weeks before they allegedly went berserk in the Cipriano home.
Since then, family and friends have posted many comments about Rose’s progress in rehab, but this was the first time she’s been seen in public since the attack.
At the end of August, Rose’s sister Beth Trahan updated the public on Rose and Salvatore Cipriano’s condition, writing, “Been with Rose and Salvatore this week and they continue to improve!! Rose out walking everyday, and working hard in all her therapy sessions. Salvatore right behind her throwing the football and kicking the soccer ball. Their progress continues to amaze all of us. If you want the best unregistered nurse to care for you when you are sick..call Isabella:) She is so attentive to her brother and her mother she makes sure they have all they need to feel better. Keep praying..JKLP!!!”
And then there was the game, with hundreds of comments of support coming in from people who said Rose Cipriano looked great. Many noted her beautiful smile.
Facebook friend Kerry Kotowski Hall, who was at the game, wrote this:
“Granted, we can all complain of personal aches and pains but tonight, I had a serious reality check. We were in the stands … and we were ready for the Catholic Central football game which tonight honored the Senior players and their Moms. There wasn’t a dry eye in the entire stadium, when our CC hero Tanner Cipriano walked onto the field accompanied by his Mom, Rose Cipriano. Yep! ROSE WAS WALKING arm-in-arm with Tanner! (and I have no doubt that Tanner’s Dad, Bob was cheering heartily from Heaven) May God bless this incredible family and may this family know how deeply they have touched my life. JKLP!”
Family and friends are still raising funds to benefit the Ciprianos. Donate HERE.