TERRE HAUTE —
It is a word we would rather never have on our front page — homicide.
That we had to use it twice on Wednesday’s front page is sad, but unavoidable.
The discoveries of bodies of two Wabash Valley women were made in recent days some 240 miles apart — one in the Greene County, Ind., area, the other in the Greene County, Ohio, area.
In the one closest to home, 19-year-old Linton resident Katelyn Wolfe’s life came to a tragic end after she went missing last week. Farther away, the life of 44-year-old Kayla Herchelroath Archer — who has called Terre Haute home and who had been working in Paris, Ill. — came to an apparently sad and similar end.
Left behind are family and friends whose worst fears are confirmed. Now, it is their sad lot to carry their loved ones to their final honors.
As often happens these days, we learn at least a bit about these victims from Facebook.
Of Ms. Wolfe, we learn that her family needs help with funeral expenses and that some people are bidding to buy paintings done by the teen and her father that are on display at a Linton coffee shop. Others are donating to a family fund at Regions Bank, which has branches in Linton — and in Terre Haute and other communities. Still others are suggesting private and public sources for funeral aid.
Many are mourning.
Said one Facebook poster about the situation: “Tragic and senseless. This world has gotten cruel! RIP pretty lady. Prayers for Katelyn’s family.”
Another notes the cost beyond the family: “Please pray for healing for this community. There are many in this community who knew everyone involved in this nightmare.”
Of Ms. Archer — nicknamed Dee Dee — we find similar concerns.
Said one: “Really sad. God bless the family and sorry for the loss.”
As if prophetically, Ms. Archer shared a quoted on her Facebook a few days before her death: “Nobody has it easy, everybody has issues. You never know what people are going through. So pause before you start judging, criticizing, or mocking others. Everybody is fighting their own unique war.”
The wanton taking of another’s life is a horrible act. We see that far too often in today’s world, as we recall dozens of homicides that have occurred in this region in recent years. All cases are equally sad because all involve the ultimate disregard for the value of a human’s existence. We all should be grateful that police and prosecutors in both states, in both the Wolfe and Archer homicides, are hard at work at finding, charging and convicting those responsible for ending the lives of two more of our fellow citizens.
A Facebook comment about Ms. Wolfe applies to both women: “God rest her soul. Let’s hope justice is served.”
Sad, tragic events end lives of 2 area women
TERRE HAUTE —
It is a word we would rather never have on our front page — homicide.
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