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The following is the statement from the families of Mark McKenzie and Brenda Groene regarding the once year anniversary of the triple murder at Wolf Lodge Bay:

"In life there are so many things that cannot be explained Like, why is the sky blue? Why does the ocean look blue? In our family , it's why did Joseph Edward Duncan 111 pick our family? Why did this happen to those that deserve to live the most? These are the questions we ask everyday, and will for the rest of our lives.

There is no way to replace what has been taken from us Like Brendas attitude and the way she made you feel when you were with her. Who cares what happens as long as shes around, we'll have fun doing it. To Brenda, family was most important to her. Family gatherings and such.

What about Slade and Dylan? We won,t see them grow into men. We won"t be going to any graduations, And they won't get to have a wedding day. So many other things they were cheated out of.

Then there is Mark, the manliest of men, a hard worker, hunter,very prideful, devoted, loving, and most of all he was a provider for his family, he called his own. He was the type of person you wanted around when you were having a bad day, because he would make you laugh and forget about your problems for a little while There are things I know for sure, Our family has become closer than ever. We are dealing with this huge loss the best way we can. It really helps to have each other.

Thank GOD we have Shasta as a constant reminder, of how great those we lost were, and still are in our heart forever more.

To lose this many people you love, and to murder, it is truly a living hell. People always say time makes it easier. I disagree. You never get over something like this. We have learned to take one day at a time.

It has been a year since the murders. It feels so fresh in our hearts. This family is strong, and will always remember those we lost , and for the great and wonderful people they were.

We have a sky full of angles to watch over us, and you couldn"t ask for a better guardian angles. We were truly blessed by having them in our lives, here on earth. Someday we shall meet again."

-Brenda Groene and Mark McKenzie's family statement

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