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Editorial: A tragic story

Saturday, December 8, 2007

If ever there were a time when a person needed her community to stand behind her, this is it.

We don't know much about Katherine Moshiri except the hell she has endured in the past week. We know she earned money by selling things on eBay. We know she was a protective mother who sought to shield her family. We know she lived in fear, that she went to the authorities, filled out paperwork and claimed that her husband had locked her and her family inside her house and had threatened to kill her and take her children to his homeland in Iran. We have been told this woman sought protection from a women's shelter but was turned away because her teenage son was too old to stay there. We suspect she was offered other options and that she declined to stay the night in a hotel or travel to the nearest family shelter that would take her -- in Columbia.

We know where she lives, on West Mary Street, near the lovely Jackson City Park, just a skip from Hubble Creek and a hop to the baseball field.

We know that despite being shot three times in the head and once in the shoulder, she had enough strength to run out of the house and make it to the sheriff's department four blocks away with the help of a passer-by. We know that after she ran out, her husband shot her three children. Mike Jeffers, who was 16, is dead. Her 4-year-old daughter Madison Lynne Moshiri is dead. And we know, before killing himself, he also shot Katherine's 2-year-old Meghan, who is clinging to life after also being shot in the head.

But we don't know Katherine.

And we don't know how she feels. We can't imagine it, though her story steals our breath when we ponder her burdens.

She was released from the hospital recently. She must now arrange her children's funerals. She must somehow try to untangle the twisted forces that turned the man she once loved into a murderer. She must somehow try to extinguish flames of guilt any mother would have in similar circumstances. She must try to hold herself together while her 2-year-old remains in critical condition.

We don't know much about Katherine Moshiri.

But one thing we do know: This woman needs our help.

If you would like to make a donation to help Katherine Moshiri, you may do so at any US Bank location in the area. If you would like to lend emotional support, you may leave condolences for her children at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.

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Very well put!Everyone needs to keep her and her family in there PRAYERS!

-- Posted by zeroit on Sat, Dec 8, 2007, at 1:29 AM

I'll stand behind her, in front of her, beside her, etc.

As a community we ALL need to stand with her.

I wish I owned rental property.(she would have a place to stay for free)

Any LandLords up for the challenge of giving Katherine a place? I'll give $50 a month on the rent for the next 6 months.

-- Posted by MOJO_at_SEMO on Sat, Dec 8, 2007, at 2:31 AM

I am on a fixed income & don't have much myself. But I have a family,clothes on my back, shelter, food on my table & love of the Lord. Anything I have that this woman needs she is free to have it. This story has broken my heart & I just can't stop thinking & praying for this poor woman & her three kids, what & how they must have felt that night. I will also throw money into rent, our family doesn't need a lot of Christmas, praise the Lord we have each other!

-- Posted by teddybearcutie on Sat, Dec 8, 2007, at 2:51 AM

If someone has her Paypal address, I will gladly make a donation from the proceeds of my Ebay sales.

-- Posted by billfoster on Sat, Dec 8, 2007, at 8:26 AM

I would hope the funeral home will help(Im sure they will)and Family and Friends are at her side.We all need to help and I for one will head out to the bank as soon as my wife gets home from St.Francis therapy pool.Lets all keep this Family in our Prayers and help in any way we can.Its time for these two Communities(Cape and Jackson(to step up and do whats needed!I have no doubt we will!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Sat, Dec 8, 2007, at 10:14 AM

my deepest sympathy is with this family. my prayers are as well. with God all thins are possible. this little girl and woman can make with strong faith and prayers.

-- Posted by monica white on Sat, Dec 8, 2007, at 8:38 PM

billfoster, I don't want to post her Paypal addy publicly. If you'd like to contact me, I can share that with you. Feel free to phone me at 573-986-8540 or email angelaalcorn@msn.com. Thanks, Angela

-- Posted by BrokenHeart on Sun, Dec 9, 2007, at 3:01 PM

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