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