This topic should always be discussed
If you read the front page of Thursday’s and Friday’s editions of the Jennings Daily News, you know that the many relatives and friends of eight Jeff Davis women had their hearts broken yet again this week.
The families were hoping KPLC would turn over unedited, videotaped interviews regarding the unsolved deaths of eight local victims. Loved ones and law enforcement believed viewing the footage might lead to clues or answers that were not made available before. Unfortunately, according to KPLC, the footage is no longer available.
None of us, except those immediately involved, can understand the pain of losing someone to murder. It’s even worse to imagine the same person who took your loved one’s life might have stolen others’ and might have the desire to kill again.
Perhaps what is worse, though, is believing you will see justice only to find so many promising paths lead to dead end streets.
While many of us in the community still think about the eight victims and who might be brought to justice in their deaths, every one of us in Jeff Davis Parish needs to realize that the families of these victims are still grieving and bearing wounds that will not heal. Not only are they going through life without someone precious to them; they are also dealing with the fact that the person who stole their loved one’s life is out in the world, free to live his or her own way.
We need to start talking about these young ladies and their families again. We need to discuss these cases in our local churches, businesses, homes and more. We need to have these conversations so the families know we are still seeking justice for the victims.
The multi-agency task force assigned to investigate these deaths is still working daily find justice. We might not learn of updates on the cases every day but much effort is still being brought to the table behind the scenes. Just as they work every day, we need to talk about these ladies each day so the people in this community who know the truth about the murders know we have not forgotten. The suspects need to be intimidated by the public’s interest in these cases so they know they are still being pursued.
Remember Loretta, Ernestine, Kristen, Whitnei, “Muggy”, Crystal, Brittany and Necole. Pray for swift justice and pray that their families may someday find peace after so many years of turmoil.
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