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Notification of next of kin

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Ok, yesterday I got a new phone and planned on updating all my contacts and synching everything up with Outlook this morning in my office.

Driving in to work this morning I hear a report that there was a young woman murdered in Joliet, IL. They go further and state that the police would not release details of the murder except to say it was definately a murder. They also stated that the young woman was found lying in the snow next to a white Chevy Cavalier and the police would not comment on the connection between the vehicle and the young woman. Next they give an intersection near where the murder occured and say that is is the West Park neighborhood.

So... my daughter is 27, lives in the West Park neighborhood, drives a white Cavalier. Sh!t! To make matters worse, her number is not in my new phone yet, and since phones have their own phonebooks these days, I have NO CLUE what it is... GRRRRR!

I called my wife, (not my daughter's mom), and asked her to call my daughter and to make sure she is ok... She calls me back and tells me that I have totally freaked out my daughter by having my wife call her at 5:45 a.m. making my daughter think something has happened to me.

Lets get back tothe subject line above, and I probably should have made this a poll... But would you rather have the new media release the name of a victim when they report on these typess of things? Or would you rather they waited until they could notify the next of kin?

Right now, I wish they had given a name... maybe I'll feel differently after I lose some of the stress from this morning?

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I think the media should not report the story until after the next of kin have been notified. In your situation, the coincidence of the car and neighborhood being the same as your daughter, would make me do the same thing. But think of it like this, a military member is killed and his wife heres about her husbands death on the radio. Or she has some one else call here and tell her they heard about her husbands death and they want to extend their condolences.
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