I didn't intend for my previous post to become about Kelsey Smith, but I am getting a lot of traffic because of some unforeseen linkage, so I do feel compelled to "finish the story". My previous post was really supposed to be about pushing back our fears and trudging ahead. I still stand by that post.
Unfortunately, Kelsey's family did have to face their fears in the worst possible way since Kelsey's body was found today. There's a TON of obnoxious invective flowing on some local sites about the case - crazy hatred spewing forth that has erupted into profane accusations. In the end, it doesn't matter whether Kelsey was white or black, rich or poor, from Kansas or Missouri. She was human. That's all.
May she rest in peace now.