Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Kelsey Smith Found Dead

You knew it was going to end this way.

Kelsey Smith's body was found at a lake in Grandview, Mo. after her abduction Saturday at an Oveland Park, Kan., Target parking lot.

Surveillance video shows her being forced into her car in the parking lot in much the same way that Meagan Holden was abducted from a Wal-Mart parking lot -- as she opens her car door and begins to load packages, the attacker runs up behind her and forces her in.

Sadly, she's never seen alive again. Kelsey had just graduated from high school. A beautiful girl with a full life ahead of her, but snuffed out by an evil predator. Police have made an arrest in the case -- Edwin R. Hall, 26, of Olathe. Apparently, he was identified from the store's surveillance video.

It could have been different for Kelsey and it doesn't have to happen to you or one of your loved ones.

Being taken to what cops call a secondary crime scene almost always means you are not coming back. Learn to resist being forced into a car, truck or van at all costs.

The Fight Like a Girl module that is taught in the Women's Empowerment Series uses the DON'T GO concept to counter just this kind of attack. Parking lots are transiatory areas and offer good hunting grounds for predators.


If Kelsey had only known how to resist, this story could be different.

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