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Editorial: Violence is hurting many in our towns

The violence of two different homicide cases have shocked west central Minnesota in recent months. Then another mass shooting case erupted Monday at the Washington, D.C., Naval Yard.

One never gets used to crimes like these. It would be a sad statement on our society if we did.

Our hearts grieve for the families of Lila Warwick, Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke in the recent homicides within our region. We also grieve for the families of the 12 victims and prayer for the wounded in Washington Naval Yard mass shooting.

West central Minnesota took a collective sigh Tuesday night when it was announced that family members had brought Andrew Dikken into the Renville County Sheriff’s Office in Olivia earlier in the day and that he remained in custody in the Yellow Medicine County Jail.

The Warwick homicide impacted three different families in Willmar and the Monson and Panitzke homicides impacted three different families in Granite Falls, Redwood Falls and Renville. They are all hurting as their lives have been changed forever.

As these two cases progress, it is important that everyone let our judicial system work.

Thank you to all law enforcement and others for assisting in the search and apprehension of Dikken.

For those looking to do more, focus your efforts locally on the prevention of and education about family and domestic violence.