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Continued: Nov. 1: Olson funeral: 'Evil does not have the last word'

  • Article by: CURT BROWN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 16, 2007 - 10:32 AM

Other friends read psalms in English and Spanish, a tribute to Olson's studies in Argentina. Early last week, she told friends she was reconsidering her career goal of being a Spanish-English interpreter.

"She learned the role of an interpreter was to be invisible and behind the scenes and she said: 'That's not me. I'm an actress and I want to be in front,'" her family's statement said. "We do not need to list her immeasurable gifts now lost to this world.

"We had Katherine light up our lives for 24 years and how bright that light shone."

Motive still a mystery

As the officers left the church, they talked about the night shifts they have spent over the years patrolling the community.

"Then, in broad daylight, someone comes into this community and takes a life away and we're powerless to stop it," Muelken said. "This renewed for us why we pursue every criminal because, behind the crime, is a young woman and it was good for us to hear all the positive things she brought to her life."

Authorities say the second-degree intentional murder charges Anderson faces could be increased to first-degree murder once a Scott County grand jury is convened.

Through his attorney, Anderson declined a request for a jail interview Wednesday. Anderson's motive remains a mystery. Police believe he acted alone and had no previous contact with Olson.

"Whatever caused the trigger to be pulled and the bullet fired was the work of the evil one, not the work of God," Koelln told the throng at the funeral. "What happened to this unsuspecting, caring, trusting individual, we may never know why.

"Just like we may never know why there had to be such a violent and senseless death," he said. "But we do know that the darkness will not overcome the light."

Curt Brown • 612-673-4767

Curt Brown • curt.brown@startribune.com

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