Jan Brown knows that it's almost impossible for people to understand how she can't hate the man who shot her 9-year-old daughter at point-blank range before dumping her body and covering it with debris in a wooded area where Blinn College now stands in Bryan.

An open letter to The Eagle’s readers from Jan Brown of Houston crossed my desk last week and it seemed appropriate that it receive attention beyond the Opinion Page. She wrote eloquently of her child, Kandy, who met a violent death in Bryan 14 years ago. The message is a vivid reminder that life can be short and that we should make the most of relationships — be they with our children or our friends. But it’s also one of hope and faith — because that is all we really have.

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