Very touching story Erika. Thank you so much for posting it. I was talking to my daughter the other day about the fear parents have when they send their kids off. Even though our elementary school was 2 1/2 blocks away around a couple of corners, I still worried.
Then when my daughter had go to the same school to catch the highschool bus I was worried even more so because HS started so early, she was often walking there in the dark.
Wow...my heart and prayers go out to the family. I'm sure this is a wound that never really healed.