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Statement from wife of Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy who killed his in-laws

Post by Joyce Chen on June 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm with 7 Comments »
June 22, 2010 10:17 pm

The wife of a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy who killed his in-laws and then himself last month made a statement to the media for the first time since the fatal shootings.

Sara Myron read the following at a Fife barbecue and carnival fundraiser today for her family:

On May 14, 2010, my world and my children’s world was changed forever.

But even through this unspeakable event, we have felt the love and support from this community and our family and friends.  Teams were formed immediately to navigate the maze of details that needed hours of attention–including family care, meals, and legal matters.  We have felt completely surrounded and protected by our church family, Pierce County Sheriffs Dept., Tacoma Police Dept.,  my chef friends and more—there are far too many to list.  There is a quote in the book When Bad Things Happen to Good People which says, ‘ “Human beings are God’s language.”  That is, when we cry out to God in our anguish, God responds by sending us people.’  When I read this line in the book, my heart skipped a beat as I recognized that I have been living in the TRUTH of this statement.

I have been continually astonished at how this community has rallied around us, in a show of love and support—and through this “love in action”, we have the comfort and peace of knowing that God is with us, helping us in our time of need.

My children and I could not keep going each day without knowing that we have the prayers and support from YOU.  I have witnessed only the small swirl of activity around me, but have been told of larger masses of activity of which I can only imagine.  There are no words to express the gratitude in my heart for what everyone is doing for us.  We will be forever grateful.

Our purpose is to keep moving, thriving and loving each other.  We have experienced a great loss that is, at times, seemingly unbearable.  But we will not allow this loss to disable us.  Through God’s grace we can choose to embrace life as we wake up each morning, knowing that His mercies are new every day.

I thank you all for taking the time to come and support us here tonight.  This overwhelming display of “love in action” will be imprinted on our hearts and will encourage us in our moments of sadness.

Because of your sustaining presence in our lives, we will move forward with confidence, hope and expectation, knowing that God will work in this-taking tremendous pain and loss; He will bring about a future of a good and blessed life.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. theogsters says:

    Early detection and treatment is key in defeating cancer. You might say early detection and treatment is also key in defusing the tensions that bring on violent behavior. While it’s comforting to know ordinary citizens, government agencies and church members came to the aid of the Myron family, after the fact, where were they as the symptoms of this family’s disfuntional behavior began to surface? The question is offered not to place blame but to highlight our society’s lack of early detection. Is mental illness so taboo we can’t deal with it in its early stages?

  2. Such a brave woman. Hard for her on losing her parents.
    Hard on the children for losing not only their grandparents but their father.
    Life can be so hard but we must go on.

  3. fivecardstud says:

    That was a wonderful statement she made and I am so saddened by their loss. May our Heavenly Father continue to bless her and her family and bring them peace and closure to this tragic event.

  4. And with God’s help and blessing the lawsuit against Pierce County, the Sheriff’s Department and anyone else that can be thought of will be filed in the near future…but not for the money.

  5. madrigal55 says:

    Wow, “theogsters!” You suggest that your response to this beautiful, faith-filled statement of thanksgiving in the face of unspeakable pain is not to place blame to to highlight society’s failure to detect or anticipate actions and choices such as occurred here. You ask where people were when the symptoms of this family’s dysfunction began to appear?

    Would that we lived in a world where all tragedies could be anticipated or predicted by the external signs of family “dysfunction” of all degrees, mild, moderate and severe. This attitude that governmental or societal entities have the ability to solve all of the problems and heartbreaks that occur is not supported by anyone’s real-world experience.

    Most of the times, the signs of problems, such as those seen hear, simply lead to marital separation, moderately broken relationships and/or divorce, which are unfortunate, in themselves. Those all-too-familiar signs do not cry out for anything more than the love and support from church, family, and friends in ways that were certainly present and active in the lives of the Myrons.

    In rare, rare cases, terrible violence sometimes occurs, and except for 20/20 hindsight, NO one, not even the family members, could ever have anticipated that end result. I feel that your comments are unduly harsh, and despite your statement to the contrary, all you are doing IS to place blame on many, many loving individuals who WERE reaching out to this family in ways you are completely unaware of.

    It is unfortunate that not even a touch of Sara Myron’s amazingly thankful and appreciative attitude – which certainly comes from nowhere else but her deep faith in the Lord – cannot find its way into your thoughts and words.

  6. steve_allison says:

    amen to Ms Myron’s statement and her courage and grace in facing the unthinkable. kindest of thoughts to you . I can not imagaine what you are going through but I am thinking about you .

  7. God bless this family. What an amazingly beautiful speech this woman gave.

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