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A family’s portrait of the accused Key Peninsula shooter

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Aug. 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm with No Comments »
August 14, 2012 5:59 pm
Jennifer and Reno Sorensen (Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)

We had two surprise visitors this morning: Jennifer and Reno Sorensen, mother and brother of the 20-year-old woman accused of shooting three people Saturday – apparently at random – at a store on the Key Peninsula.

Laura K. Sorensen stands charged with attempted murder. Jennifer and Reno wanted to tell the family’s side of the story – a harrowing account of living with a severely disturbed girl prone to delusions and violence.

They’d written that story and asked if we’d run it. We saw it as an opportunity to give readers a rare family perspective on a shocking incident of extreme mental illness.

I must emphasize that Laura K. Sorensen is presumed innocent until and unless she is found guilty. I should also emphasize that Jennifer and Reno at no point stated that Laura had done the shooting. Not being at the scene, they in fact had no way of knowing whether or not she had done it.

Their op-ed will appear in Wednesday’s opinion section. With it are excerpts from a prescient letter Jennifer wrote a year ago, in which she predicted that tragedy would result from her inability to get treatment for her daughter.

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