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Editorial: Pain of Warwick murder felt by all

The Willmar and Kandiyohi County communities were shocked earlier this week by the murder of 79-year-old Lila Warwick at her home on the outskirts of the Willmar city limits.

Warwick was known as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, community volunteer, Sunday school teacher, long-time Willmar Manufacturing employee, exercise partner and friend to many in Willmar. She was especially active at her church, Redeemer Lutheran Church of Willmar.

Her death is a tragedy for her family and our community.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Our sympathies and prayers are with the family and friends of Lila Warwick.

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This crime has also impacted the families and friends of the three suspects. They are all members of our community.

We need to keep them in our thoughts and prayers for they too are suffering the terrible anguish of this horrendous crime.

Bradley Junkermeier issued a statement Friday to the press after the court appearance of his son, Brok Junkermeier. He said, “My family and I want to convey our deepest, deepest sympathy, condolences to the victims, friends and family for this horrific catastrophe.’’

Thank you to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department and all other law enforcement for their efforts in investigating this homicide, which they did promptly and professionally.

The key for our community is remain calm, reflective and work together to heal our collective pain and grief.

It is also important to let our judicial system runs its course in seeking justice.