Family of murder victim prays for answers

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

"It cuts like a knife down into my soul," said Kenneth Salyer.

Salyer said he will never forget the day his son-in-law called him with the news.

"When he spoke there was something in his voice that I knew there was something wrong, bad wrong," Salyer said.

And he was right. His daughter, 44-year-old Karen Pitts, had been murdered in her home.

"He said, 'Kenneth, somebody's killed her.' You don't know what a feeling that was that went through me," he said.

Police still have not said much about Pitts' death, but her family said they are just trying to remember the good times they had with their daughter, sister, and friend.

"Karen was a happy, happy-go-lucky girl. She was fun to be with," said Salyer.

Karen's family walked around the park she grew up in. They said she had so many memories with her family there. They said it is also the park where she brought her teenage son to play baseball.

"Never expected anything like this," Salyer said.

"You never think it's going to come to your home but it can," Wanda Salyer said.

They said moving on from this...

"It's like a gloom over me everywhere I go," Kenneth Salyer said.

....will not be easy for their family.

"You that did this, I pray to god that I don't have hatred for you, and I pray that I can forgive you for this, but it's going to be very very hard," he said.

State police are not saying if they have any suspects in the case.

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