This week’s Heartlander goes to two Denver women who were severely injured trying to protect others who, in both cases, were ultimately murdered by their attackers.
Jeannie Van Velkinburgh tried to stop two men from murdering African immigrant, Oumar Dia, at a bus stop in 1997. She was shot as well and died several years later.
Jaquie Creazzo was assisting rape victim Rhonda Maloney reach the police, when the rapist chased them down, murdered Ms. Maloney and severely injured Ms. Creazzo on the steps of the police station.
Reason for hope in the face of crushing, pointless cruelty.