Thursday, August 20, 2009

My Friend Janet

This is kind of a strange thing to write. Its wierd putting this in writing, telling you about my friend Janet, in a past tense. I've never actually done this since she passed away almost 4 1/2 years ago. I first met Janet 11 years ago. We met at Southern Virginia College where we decided to go to school and play soccer. Janet was one of the first people I met there. We quickly became great friends, teammates, and roommates. Janet is apart of most of my college memories. Even after we both graduated from college we kept in touch. Along with our fellow friend/roommate/teammate Adrienne, I went down to North Carolina a couple days after she had giving birth to her first son, Kaiden, the end of October 2004. It was so wonderful to see her as a mother and how much she loved that little boy. I remember just watching her as she held him with such natural ease and loved to play with his hair to form a little mohawk. That was the last time I saw Janet. It was just a few months later that I got a call from Adrienne with the horrible news. So I will get to the point of me posting this.

Janet with Kaiden at their home in Durham.

On April 26th, 2005 Janet was murdered in her home in Durham, North Carolina. Kaiden was in the house with her but wasn't harmed. As I am sure you can imagine this was a very hard thing to deal with and try to make sense of. A lot of us were able to gather together in Buena Vista, Virgina where we all attended college, for her funeral. It helped to be together along with her family, however most of us are still void of any closure. We have accepted or are continually trying to accept the fact that there may never be any resolution to our friend's murder. However, just recently I received some exciting news. On Wednesday, August 26th, in a just a few days, they will be airing Janet's case on ABC's Primetime Crime. Please tune in to see her story - check your local listing for the time. I don't know how much of the episode will be dedicated to Janet and I don't know if this will bring any new leads to the detectives. This is what I do know, due to my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that we will see Janet again, that family relationships and friendships can and will endure beyond on the grave.
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" -1st Corinthians 15:55

19 comments:

runningfan said...

So sorry to hear about your friend! What a horrible way to lose her. I hope there is resolution soon!

MissRashizzle said...
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J.lee Hansen said...

Thank you!

Rebecca said...

Wow, I am so sorry about your friend. I hope it airing on TV will help bring answers!

Alice said...

Janet was an amazing person, soccer player, and team mate. Her death saddens and angers me.

Interestingly, this special airs on the day Jason Pavone passed away two years ago.

I will take that day as an opportunity to remember two amazing people I went to Southern Virginia with.

I hope this special helps bring justice to Janet's death.

Desiree and Lars said...

Great post Katie...I heard about the show and plan to watch it!! And this is a great idea to get the word out. I hope you don't mind if I do something similar!! I hope the show will help find leads.

Dan and Liz Taylor said...

Oh my goodness! I had no idea! I feel so out of the loop. Janet was such a wonderful person.

Susan said...

I'm sorry too! I hope her family and friends can one day get some closure - that must be so difficult!

Diana said...

This is a tragic story, Katie. I'm so sorry for your loss of a great friend. I'll be watching.

shaina said...

How terrible. It must be very hard to think about. I am sorry.

Colleen said...

Wow, it is rare when something like that hits so close to home. How sad and painful! I hope the episode helps lead to a resolution of her case! Thanks for sharing your very personal story.

Parks Family said...

Thanks for letting me know. Kaiden and Anna are only a few days apart and I often think about him and Janet. I look forward to the day when we can see her again. Love ya Burgess!

Julie said...

A' told me about this not to long ago...Janet was such a happy kind person, it's so sad! Thanks for letting us know about Primetime. I really hope everyone who loves her dearly can get some closure.

Mrs. Boojwa said...

I must have missed this on my trip, but wow. I have seen death happen, but murder is a completely different thing. I hope they find out who did this. Thanks for posting this :) Love you sil!

Trinette McCrary said...

Oh, my heart goes out to you, her friends and family. I hope justice is served and answers will come. Bless your heart!!

maren sundahl said...

Good to know, we will tune in.

Maynards said...

Wow, that must be so hard! I sure hope somehow and someway there will be closure.

p.s. It is good to now have your blog address!

Vanessa said...

I will be watching. I hope this will bring the attention the case needs. I miss Janet and her Janet attitude!

St. Julien's said...

Yes, I saw it. Luckily I happend to notice A's facebook saying it would be airing that week. So bizarre and tragic!! I didn't know about the 2nd wife. Is Kaiden living with Raven? I hope more info comes of all of that. So awful! Bless their sweet family.