All missing people deserve attention

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 1, 2003

It is truly saddening to find out what everyone had suspected about Laci Peterson. In mid-April the remains of her and her unborn baby were discovered in the waters of San Francisco Bay.

Laci, who turned up missing Christmas Eve, was a beautiful, intelligent and kind woman from all accounts I've heard.

I am sorry for the way it ended, but I am glad the family now has closure. What kind of monster could do something like this? Fingers are steadfastly pointing at her husband, Scott Peterson. I just don't understand killing the woman who is carrying his baby. This just goes to show you that you don't ever really know a person, which is sad.

It is sad when you can know a person for years and have him turn on you. What reason is there for killing someone like her? And the unborn baby? That is just despicable.

One thing that bothers me, though, is the national news media has gotten a hold of this case and has run with it.

What makes one person more important than another in the eyes of the media?

There are many other people missing that you will never hear of on a national news channel. There are at least three people missing in Covington County. We hardly ever hear of them once it is reported that they are gone.

I don't like this. Everyone is just as important as someone else. If a person that has nothing going for them goes missing, that person is just as important as a senator who is missing, and deserves the same coverage.

It is ignorant for people to care about one person missing or being murdered just because they are an "important and influential person" instead of a common person.

Both of these people have families who love and miss them. Both have people worried about where they are and what has happened to them.

What gives anyone the right to act like one person matters more than another. It does not matter if you are from a small town, and working at the local fast food place or the girlfriend of an elected official. The same kind of hurt will be felt by both families.