Mothers, sisters and grandmothers who share a common bond of uncommon pain gathered on Friday. Each knows the loss of a family member to a killer on the run. All met with the chief of police as voices for the victims.
The women are living their lives in voids carved from violence.
Buffy Bush is a family member of one of the victims. She showed up with stories about the children.
“I got one that wants to become a police officer ‘cause he wants to find out who did it and I got the young one who wants to hurt everyone that reminds him of the situation. What do you do with that?"
The group wanted to recruit the chief to get everyone on the same page, make progress in solving some of these killings and to ease some of the pain that filled the room. More than three hours later, the women left in pairs. Their tone was much different. They believe they can work with their police chief.
One woman attending the meeting told us, “He felt everything we put out there. He actually responded in a caring manner to everything that was questioned and asked.”
Barbara Robinson said, “He is personable and you can trust what he says. And he proved himself to them.”
The group left feeling good about the meeting but their mission is incomplete. They plan to meet with the Douglas County Attorney next month.
The group also plans to meet with area judges at some point in an effort to find out how so many violent criminals are put back on city streets.