A day after convicted serial killer, Joseph Edward Duncan, died at a hospital in Indiana, Shasta Groene released a statement.
The 58-year-old man was sentenced to death in 2008 following the horrific slayings of Brenda Groene, her boyfriend, and her 13-year-old son in Wolf Lodge.
Duncan abducted Shasta and her brother Dylan Groene, where he later abused the two children before killing Dylan near St. Regis, Mont. Shasta and Duncan were later found in the Coeur d'Alene Denny's.
Shasta said in part:
"Yes, Joseph Duncan is gone now. But, it doesn't bring our loved ones back. It doesn't ease the aching pain of moments that they should be there, and they aren't because of the selfishness of one person.
One thing is for sure, he does not exist anymore. Now, we can live our lives knowing that. For so long I have been struggling with hate towards that man. Today, I woke up feeling like my soul was finally free. I hope other people affected by Joseph Duncan were able to wake up feeling the same way.
I wanted to thank everyone who spent countless hours, days, and weeks searching for us, bringing awareness to our situation and praying for us. The continued support for me and my family does not go unnoticed, and for that I am extremely thankful.
For some reason I can't stop thinking about the Anthony Martinez family the last couple days. They were victims as well as my family. As were Carmen Cubias and Sammie Jo White’s family. I just want to reach out to them. If I could, I would hug them all. If I could, I would take all their pain away. I know that me saying that doesn't take their pain away, but I hope they find a little bit of contentment knowing that they are thought about so often and prayed for. I hope they know that there are people in Idaho who know what they are going through, and understand the pain and grief of losing someone so soon and not understanding why or how it could've happened. I will never let Sammie Jo, Carmen or Anthony’s story be forgotten."
Duncan was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer on Mar. 8. He was on federal death row at the time of his diagnosis but was expected to die before his death sentence was carried out.