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Poplar Bluff , MO -- Lauren Payne Reports

A Family Remembers Three Murder Victims

February 28, 2005 -- Posted at 9:30 p.m. CST

Poplar Bluff, MO --Not a day passes that Linda Hirtz doesn't miss the sweet sound of her daughter's voice, or the joy in her grandson's giggle.

"I'll never forget them. I'll still wake up and think about everything. Will I still wake up and think about what happened? I hope not," said Hirtz.

The family disappeared on Valentine's day of last year, grabbing national attention.

Two weeks later, their bodies were found in a wooded area about 100 miles away near the home of Michael's cousin, Earnest Hargon.

He is charged with their murders.

"We'll always miss them. We will always remember them. As far as being always angry and bitter--no I don't want that," said Hirtz.

Linda says each day is a hurdle--some are harder to cross than others.

She says one thing keeps her moving --and she knows she is not facing each day alone.

"I can't imagine going through something like this without you're faith. It's you're faith that tells us we see them again--and it's our faith that tells us how we live everyday," said Hirtz.

Support for the family was evident when the whole community came together for a candlelight vigil service last February.

The support continues.

They lean on each other when the pain is too much to handle alone--hand in hand--side by side taking one day at a time. 

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