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Justice for Zuzu


 Zuzu Verk, a college student at Alpine, Texas, was last seen on October 12, 2016, and was reported missing by her boyfriend two days later.  All evidence pointed to his involvement in her disappearance, but despite a wide ranging on-foot search of the mountainous area, her body was not found until early last Saturday morning when someone located a shallow grave in a nearby canyon with human remains scattered about, no doubt by animal scavengers.  All this time her boyfriend and his family have protested his innocence, but refused to aid in the search for her.  He has finally been arrested, and Zuzu's parents were called to the gravesite by the Texas Rangers; after a breather, they participated in an impromptu memorial gathering and thanked members of the Alpine community for their love and support, and untiring efforts to find Zuzu.  My heart has wept for this family these past months and I am grateful that they will at last have closure, but I cannot imagine being a mother or father trying to breathe when brought face to face with the horror of their child's demise.

(Note: You can read more about this story and follow updates by Googling Zuzu Verk. Please keep her family in your prayers.)
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This was written for In Other Words where Patricia has asked us to  
write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less using the word: breather.  

  

6 comments:

  1. My heart hurts for them, yes, i will pray.

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    1. Mine too, Mimi, the pain of this loss is incomprehensible. I find it hard to consider forgiveness for her murderer, and for his willingness to let her family suffer with not knowing for so long.

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  2. Now this is so sad it is good they found her remains and I hope there is justice for the family and those responsible for her death pay

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    1. It is just the saddest thing, Jo-Anne, to send your child away to college and then never see them alive again. :'( I hope that justice is done too. The alleged murderer shows no remorse whatsoever, and that bothers me. Wrong is wrong.

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  3. Oh, Josie, I know this was hard for you to write. It is so sad but you have honored Zuzu and her family with your compassion and tears. Thank you for sharing your heart with In Other Words.

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    1. Thank you, Patricia. It was sitting so heavily on my mind this week. It certainly reminds us of how fleeting life is and to make the most of each second we have with people that we love.

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