Wednesday, June 6, 2007

'Scrubbed in sunshine'

First Dru, now Kelsey...

My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Kelsey Smith.

I was living just an hour down Interstate 29 from Dru Sjodin when she was abducted from the Grand Forks, N.D., Target's parking lot, and I can't help but recall that whole heartbreaking saga. (The eerie similarities between the two cases don't end there. Besides the discomforting details I don't need to repeat, Sjodin was also taken across state lines and, as a testament to today's technological advances, there were haunting last glimpses of a life between the store's surveillance videos and failed attempts to call for help on a cellular phone.)

Unfortunately for everyone involved, the pain and suffering is not even close to being over. One of the last hurdles is capturing the scumbag(s) involved and making sure that justice -- or whatever passes for "justice" these days... -- is served.

Everyone should take some time to remember Kelsey and Dru, and hopefully, together, we'll think of ways to prevent this type of unthinkable tragedy from ever happening again.

(Associated Press photo provided by Smith's family.)

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