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Who killed Velicia?
News that killer Shawn Lamb will be locked up for what most likely will be the rest of his life brings only a small degree of satisfaction to our city and province.
At least he won't hurt anyone else. At least there's that.
Now attention turns, again, to the so many other unsolved murdered and missing women cases.
The one that sticks out in my mind is Velicia Soloman. She was also known as Felicia.
The 16-year-old was last seen in March 2003 when she disappeared during a lunch break at school. Her arm and leg were recovered days apart from the Red River that June. DNA comparison identifed her.
In reporting on her case when I was a police reporter, I at times as now tried to imagine how she met her killer. Or killers.
Did she know them? Did she go with them willingly? Was she abducted?
How did she die? Why dismember her?
Lamb is where he belongs, but there is a lot more to be done.
There are other monsters still out there. And they walk among us.
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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen
Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.
Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.
At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.
Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.
He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.
Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.
In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.
You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.
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