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Continued: Friends still puzzle over Willmar teen's role in grandmother's murder

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 7, 2014 - 5:19 AM

Remember that time?

At his first hearing, Warwick was 17 and allowed to hug his mother, Jenny Warwick. Last week, the 18-year-old could give no embraces. Jenny Warwick sobbed just the same.

“I’m deeply sorry for what my son has done that caused our family and the community such deep pain and sorrow,” she said in a written statement Friday. “I don’t love what my son has done, but I love my son.” She declined to talk to reporters.

In the courtroom Wednesday, Cisneros-Pizarro looked at Warwick until he nodded back at him.

“It’s good that he remembers that we’re here,” he said, “that we’re his friends.”

Cisneros-Pizarro used to text Robert Warwick constantly. Now, he writes him letters. It’s not a natural thing. “I put the address up here, right?” he joked.

The letters are light, filled with nostalgia. Remember when we used to play at the park all the time? That reminds me of the time when so-and-so spilled a soda. “That kind of thing,” he said.

“We talk about the good times because he’s gotta get through the bad ones,” Cisneros-Pizarro said. He plans to “be there for him” in 30 years, when Warwick’s life sentence offers the possibility of parole.

The friends don’t talk about the crime. But that’s OK, Cisneros-Pizarro said, because he’s not haunted by the question of “why.”

“We shared secrets, we shared almost everything,” he said. “But maybe he had secrets that he didn’t want to vent to even me. Maybe. I’ll never know.

“It’s all in his head, not anyone else’s.”


Jenna Ross • 612-673-7168

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