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Continued: Teen apologizes, gets life in prison without parole for Willmar murder

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 9, 2014 - 10:58 PM

“But then it hit me,” she said. “Is this how my grandma would want me to live?”

So instead, she said, she’s decided to be thankful, both for the 21 years she had with her grandmother and the six months her son had with his great-grandmother.

After reading her statement, Katie Ekbom approached Junkermeier’s father and handed him a tan book. It was a devotional, she said later, recommended by her pastor. Inside, she quoted an inscription Lila Warwick had left her family in a keepsake booklet.

“Honestly, his family is suffering,” she said. “I just had to reach out.” Plus, she added, it’s something her grandmother would have wanted her to do.


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