Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It happened 25 years ago today

I was in my third year of college in October 1989 when the kidnapping of 11-year old Jacob Wetterling occurred.

From Wikipedia:

Jacob, his brother (Trevor), and (friend Aaron Larson) were cycling home from a convenience store on October 22, 1989, when a masked gunman came out of a driveway and ordered the boys to throw their bikes into a ditch and lie down on the ground. He then asked each boy his age. Jacob's brother was told to run toward a nearby wooded area and not look back or else he would be shot. Subsequently, the gunman asked to view the faces of both boys. He picked Jacob, and told his friend to run away and not look back otherwise he would shoot. The whereabouts of Jacob and the identity of the gunman remain unknown.

The pain and anguish of one's son/daughter passing away is a parent's worst nightmare. However, the emotional pain of Jerry & Patty Wetterling (Jacob's mom and dad) is likely compounded by the fact they have no earthly idea what has become of their son. Since I've pretty much followed this story from the beginning, I don't recall one instance where a substantive lead has cropped up. I pray that the Wetterlings are able to have some semblance of closure one day.

In the mean time, Jacob's best friend Aaron continues to struggle with survivor's guilt. See his heart wrenching account of that fateful evening (as well as what life's been like the past 25 years) in raw interview footage shared by Fox 9 news.

You can also see the actual news footage of the interview here.


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