In an e-mail to The Evening Sun this morning, Shyanne Somersí mother, Kathy, offered the following
Through the last 19 months, we have all lived our lives in limbo, waiting for the trial, waiting for the truth, wanting to make sure that justice for Shyanne was found finally.
I thought that I knew everything that happened on that hill that night, but hearing all of the evidence puts it in a new perspective. Itís one thing to ďknowĒ what happened, itís another to have that evidence in your face in pictures. To hear the extent of her injuries breaks my heart in ways I didnít know it could still be broken.
Shyanne was such a wonderful little girl. She was indeed everything that a mother could hope or wish for. She was my life and my heart, my best friend. Shyanne was the glue that held our family together; each one of us in our own way would always think of how our choices would affect Shyanne. Because we loved her so much, not one of us wanted to ever do anything that would hurt her. She was our light and our compass, and she didnít even realize it. Maybe it wasnít until she was taken from us that we realized how much she truly held us all together.
I have her constantly with me in memories and pictures, but it shouldnít be that way. She should be here with us, living and laughing and running and riding her bike and playing with her friends. Shyanne was an amazing child. People that we didnít know came to her funeral and told us stories about her that touched them. One man who was as big as a grizzly bear stood with tears in his eyes and said that he didnít even know her name, but she had waved to him everyday when she waited for the bus and he drove past on his way to work, and that one day he picked up the paper and saw her picture on the front page and he couldnít stop crying. He said his ride to work would never be the same and that he would always remember her.