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Letter: Let's all "make the world safe again"

By Kay King, Des Moines, Iowa So here we are, a year later, and we still have no answers to why my sister, Jan Pigman-Kruse, was taken from us in such a violent way. Jan loved life and was a giving and kind person. She was friendly and most gener...

By Kay King, Des Moines, Iowa

So here we are, a year later, and we still have no answers to why my sister, Jan Pigman-Kruse, was taken from us in such a violent way.  Jan loved life and was a giving and kind person.  She was friendly and most generally had a smile on her face.  How someone could be so hateful and evil that they would want to take her life is unimaginable to me, and the fact that this person is still walking the streets is extremely disturbing.  

Jan believed in a world that you didn’t have to lock your doors and you could leave your keys in your car and everything would be safe. I ask that everyone please try and make the world safe again by helping in any way you can to find the person responsible for the death of my sister. Please stay aware and alert to your surroundings. If someone or something looks or seems odd, please don’t dismiss it or let it go.

I don’t know what piece of evidence is needed to bring justice for Jan, but there is a criminal out there carrying this secret around with them. One day that person will slip up, they will do or say something in front of someone, and I hope that person gets involved and takes that information to the authorities. As long as this criminal is free to live their life, no one else’s life is safe.

It wasn’t the gun that killed my sister, it was a person. A person with no values, morals or ethics that pulled the trigger knowing they would end the life of a great person. The world needs stronger values, morals and ethics because no one should ever think they have a right to take another person’s life. We should not need security systems and camera in our homes to feel safe. That feeling of safeness was taken from my family, and we will probably never get it back.

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Violence like what happened to Jan shakes your faith in God and everything you thought you could believe in and trust.  You no longer know who to trust or who to believe in.  Nothing seems real.  I never would have thought my family would be living through something this horrific. Nothing will ever bring Jan back or reduce the void she left in so many people’s lives, but to know this person cannot hurt another innocent victim is a step in bringing back a little bit of the safe feeling.

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