Kimi and John Jackson invite the community to join them in releasing balloons and lanterns in Kristyana’s honor When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 Who: Any member of the community who wishes to participate is welcome Where: Outside the Jacksons’ home at Kilbourn and Myrtle streets, Elkhart
The Jacksons have found the motivation to try to move on in their younger son, John Jr., 2. But a break in the homicide investigation, — some justice — could help too, they said.
“I’m starting to be fed up,” Kimi said. “I can’t believe someone won’t say anything. Because I know somebody knows something.”
John too said frustration is building up because of the lack of response from possible witnesses.
“People have to understand. It was a 7-year-old baby,” he said. “I mean, seriously, no one wants to stand up and do the right thing?”
John, who was inside the house with their younger son, heard Kimi screaming and went outside. Following an altercation, John tried to reach for Kristyana to shield her and they were both shot. John was taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was treated.
But rumors and the loss of their child are not the only things the family has to deal with. Kimi and John have both struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety.
“Every time I walk through that door, I can’t help but look left, look right, keep looking back until I’m in my house,” Kimi said.
“If I hear a bang or a pop, I turn my head around or flinch,” John added. “That’s just the way it is now.”
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