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Old 03-01-2012, 06:34 PM
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Default Rachel Winkler, former manager of O61

My close friend, next door neighbor, and the former manager of Cameron Park airport was murdered in her home on Monday.

I know some of you who flew into O61 had the pleasure of meeting her, during her time here running the airport.

Rachel left the position on Jan 1 of this year, after the birth of her third child, so she could stay home with her kids.

Here is a link to her fathers blog, he now has custody of the children. There is a link here for donations to help with their care, should any one feel like helping out.

R.I.P. Rachel, you will be missed.........
Mike Starkey
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:00 PM
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I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, and to Rachel's family.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:00 PM
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What a profoundly sad story!
My condolences to family and friends.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:00 PM
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Oh thats just awful...
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:28 PM
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I lost my son in October, just 5 months ago. So I know the pain the family must be feeling and going through. Such a sad, tragic story. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them. Especially the children.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:37 PM
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Default Tragic

What a very sad story and loss. My thoughts are with her family and with you.

As a former law enforcement officer, I'm thinking of your safety. Was this a random act or someone known to her?
Darwin N. Barrie
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:04 PM
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Default Unbelievable

Mike.....what a terrible terrible chain of events.....absolutely unbelievable.

May Heavenly Father Bless those children and their Grandfather in all their days together. Life is just beginning for Mother and Daughter who are now together.

So sorry to hear this Mike.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:26 PM
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Default sad story

Mike, it is hard to believe in Cameron Park something like that happened. What a sad story. It looks like the grandfather has a new calling as parent to these little children. It will help him with the loss of his wife a short time ago and will remind him of her as well.

So sorry to hear this and keep us up to date on how the kids and grandfather are doing.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:34 PM
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Ugh. That is sickening. What a waste.
Lars Pedersen
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:27 AM
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Mike----let us know if we can do anyting to help.
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