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Granite Falls victim’s family ‘cannot rest’ until shooting suspect caught

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: September 9, 2013 - 6:01 PM

The mother of Kara Monson, who died in a Granite Falls, Minn., shooting last week, said her family “cannot rest” until a suspect in the case is caught.

In a written statement released Monday afternoon, Patrice Monson asked for the public’s help in looking for her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Andrew J. Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, for whom authorities are searching.

Dikken “remains at-large,” the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Monday afternoon.

Kara Monson, 26, was found shot to death Sept. 2 in her home. On Sunday, her boyfriend Christopher Panitzke, of Redwood Falls, Minn., also died of gunshot wounds he suffered in the incident.

Dikken’s pickup truck was found two days after the shooting in a remote area about 20 miles southeast of Granite Falls.

In her first public comments since the shooting, Patrice Monson called Kara “a very loving person who touched many people’s lives.

“It would be her wish that justice would be served for her and Chris, so that everyone’s families can grieve in peace,” she said. “We need to be able to put our lives back together without living in constant fear.”

Kara Monson’s 5-year-old daughter “can’t really have the support of her family because we are all afraid, and we are trying to protect her,” the statement continues. “We don’t want to be afraid for the rest of our lives.”

Dikken should not be approached, the BCA said, because he “may be armed and dangerous."

Panitzke died Sunday afternoon after his condition deteriorated, according to an entry on his CaringBridge page. He had been airlifted last week to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that he died of “homicide as a result of complications associated with multiple gunshot wounds,” according to the BCA.

Kara Monson’s funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Granite Falls Lutheran Church.

(Pictured: Andrew J. Dikken)

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