Community mourns Salina Boy Scout volunteer who was stabbed to death

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Courtesy: Kelsey Walker Courtesy: Kelsey Walker
Courtsey: Kelsey Walker Courtsey: Kelsey Walker
Courtesy: Kelsey Walker Courtesy: Kelsey Walker
Courtesy: Kelsey Walker Courtesy: Kelsey Walker
Courtesy: Kelsey Walker Courtesy: Kelsey Walker

“She…was this loving, gentle person to everyone around her,” said Kelsey Walker.

A scouting community is in mourning after a beloved volunteer died in a crime that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting.

The investigation continues into the officer involved shooting that led to the death of a 28-year-old Salina man on Wednesday.  Police say he stabbed his step-grandmother to death, then attacked responding officers with a knife.

She was Linda Kromer, a beloved volunteer with the Salina Boy Scouts for more than two decades.  They’re still coming to terms with her loss.  She was a well-known face both at the council offices and at scouting events all year round.

“Every summer camp, every Chuck Wagon, every Grizzly Halloween, she was there,” said Kelsey Walker, District Executive with the Coronado Boy Scout Council.  She worked with Kromer for several years.

Walker says Kromer loved her step-grandson.  It was just a part of who she was.

“She.. she loved him and she loved her family so much.  And she loved everyone around her,” she said. 

At the council offices, they say they’ll always remember Kromer’s big smile.

“I remember when Linda's husband died in 2014, even though she was going through the hardest time of her life, she was... she still had that smile,” Walker said.

“It was just her smile, one of the most friendly people that you would ever meet and would want to have participating in scouting,” added Kyle Smith, Executive Director of the council.

Walker says she’ll always think of Kromer was the ‘faithful craft lady’ because she was always coming up with crafts for both kids and adults.

“I always knew when she was coming because she probably had a dozen or so of those beaded animals on her belt,” she said.

Another thing the Boy Scouts will remember is the impact Kromer had on the kids she worked with over the years, including Walker’s own son.

“He was nervous when he went to Chuck Wagon the first time this last spring.  But when he saw Miss Linda he was... he lit up,” Walker said.

Over the years, they estimate Linda Kromer worked with thousands of scouts who loved her.  The Boy Scout Council in Salina is still working on plans for how they will honor and remember her.