Thank you, Northfield

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For these past 17 months we have been living in a sad limbo. In May of 2013 three families lives changed forever when Matthew Jensen broke into their houses and killed and injured their family pets. Yesterday, on October 22 he was finally sentenced to up to 57 months in prison.
 
57 months. It doesn’t bring back our pups. It doesn’t bring back our feeling of safety. It doesn’t bring back all the innocence and love that we lost. But it gives us a little relief, as well as a hope for a brighter future.
 
This past year and a half we have grieved and cried for our pets. Through that grieving and sadness I feel like there has been a blanket of support surrounding us from people in the Northfield community. I am writing today to say thank you. Thank you for being there and listening to our grief. Thank you for standing up for us and our families, and thank you for being our support when we needed it most.
 
I am not surprised by the love and care that we were shown these past 17 months. This community gave to us through social media, the news, our amazing local law enforcement support as well as discussions on the streets and in our neighborhoods.  People have been there for us and I will forever be thankful.
 
I do believe that there are still discussions that need to be had concerning this case: mostly surrounding drugs and our children’s access to them. But, no matter how far I think we still have to go, I want to thank you, Northfield. Thank you for stepping up and helping out your community members. Because of you we are one step closer to feeling safe here yet again.