Community Pours Into Barton County Courthouse Square

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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Friday, August 27, 2010

People filtered through the yard of the Barton County Courthouse Friday, waiting to get a glimpse of the man who police and authorities say could be involved in Alicia Debolt's murder.

"Just listen to your parents when they say no," said Gabby Hernandez, a friend of Alicia's.

Hernandez and Gracie Burkes were both friends with Debolt. Teenagers preparing for the starts of school are now trying to cope with the murder of someone they were close to.

"You just have to let your emotions out and not try to hold them in and realize that stuff like this can happen, especially to girls our age," said Burkes.

Both girls wanted to see the man whom police say could be involved in Debolt's killing, but authorities had not brought him back to the Barton County Jail as the sun went down Friday evening.

"Closure is the important part," said Kip Lowe, Hernandez's step father. "The girls and guys need to reach acceptance of this and support the family. Also learn that there is evil out here. Even in this small town, there is still evil here."

The courthouse square filled with people Friday afternoon as news spread that a person of interest had been caught. These two girls now know why they should listen to their parents when they say no.

"They're pretty much saying no because they love you," Hernandez said.

The candlelight vigil planned for this weekend is expected to be attended by many people... People of Great Bend who, quite frankly, want all this attention to end.


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