The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Jetseta Gage

Jetseta Gage was kidnapped and murdered in March of last year by a convicted sex offender. Her family has put up a memorial near where her 10 year old body was found. Only some residents don't want the reminder of what happened to her staring them in the face everyday.

A former family friend and registered sex offender, Roger Bentley, 38, of Brandon, was convicted last week of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping.

"It's a comfort for the family to be able to go there," said Jetseta's great-aunt, Jenny Slight of Des Moines. "I would hate to see it removed."

The cross, which is adorned with flowers, ribbons and stuffed animals, is set in concrete and is about 2 miles north of Frytown.

Resident Fran Christianson said while she and the rest of the community feel terrible about what happened to Jetseta, seeing the cross every day is making it hard for the town to move on. SOURCE

In MHO, the cross should remain. Despite the difficulty that knowing what happened to this child may bring, perhaps the cross should be seen as a warning that this can happen anywhere. A bitter reminder that our children are not safe. We often see road side crosses at dangerous intersections, reminding us to slow down, to do something to prevent our own cross from being placed there. Jetseta's cross should be held as a reminder to hold onto our own children dearly, that their life is precious can can so easily be taken from them.

Her cross, her memorial is a tribute to a child that endured more than any child ever should have too, and a tragic display of how dangers often befall the most innocent of people- children.

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Moonsong said...

GOOD!! I'm glad they are having a hard time--"moving on" What do you think the parents are going through? Isn't this a source of comfort for them? A dirty disgusting animal committed one of the most disgusting crimes--I'm not blaming anyone here but I can't help but think there were signs that were ignored before--One does not wake up one morning and out of the blue decide to rape and kill a child--there was smoke way before there was the fire---So keep that memorial UP--Let the parents try to find some peace there--and let it be a reminder to the community that THEY let this child down by closing their eyes to the predator among them.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the "parents" DID let their child down. The mother,Trena Gage,allowed Roger Bentley into her home. Now, pay attention-Roger is the the BROTHER of James Bentley who the ex of Trena, who molested Jetseta for nearly three years. Would you let the brother of your child's abuser into YOUR home? I think not.
Yeah, leave the cross, but don't make Trena gage out to be mother of the year, because she is not.
She herself may be facing criminal charges of her own SOON!