Murdered Mom Melissa Jenkins Deserved So Much Better (VIDEO)

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Of all the disturbing details in the case of murdered teacher Melissa Jenkins -- and there are many -- the connection between the Vermont mom and the people police say killed her is one that's hard to shake. It appears Jenkins went to see Allen and Patricia Prue because they told her they had car trouble. She wasn't just an innocent person going about her daily business who was brutally murdered; that would be bad enough. 

But Allen and Patricia Prue are accused of killing a woman who gave up a portion of her day because she thought they needed her. Melissa Jenkins was a Good Samaritan, a helper, the kind of person who goes out of their way to help someone else.

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Pardon the slightly rhetorical question, but who does that? I know the answer is a sick, depraved person. Obviously. We are talking about murder.

But let's set murder aside. We live in a society where there are people who help, and there are people who take advantage. They're unlikely to go as far as killing, but still, they are users, people who thrive off of getting something for nothing and abusing the goodness and decency of good-hearted folks like Melissa Jenkins, a woman who could have told the Prues, "I'm sorry, but my 2-year-old son is tired, why don't you call AAA?"

She didn't. She left her nice, safe home and went to help her former plow guy because that's what nice people do. And police say it got her killed while her 2-year-old watched!?

But who does that? What kind of person sits down and ponders, "Hmmm, if I had a problem, who would be the first person I could call and expect they'd actually show up?" ... and doesn't treat that person like gold? Because they are some of the best people our society has to offer. We should be treating them like the princes and princesses they are.

We all know someone like Melissa Jenkins. She's the person you can call at 10 p.m. and say, "Hey, listen, my wife's car broke down, and I have to go pick her up, but I don't want to wake up the kids. Can you come babysit?" And she comes. She's the person who misses a meeting and is added to three committees because everyone in the room knows she will just nod her head, roll up her sleeves, and ask, "What can I do?"

We understand the Melissa Jenkinses of the world because they are who we want to be. Good. Kind. Loving. We all love the Melissa Jenkinses of the world because they make our worlds a better place.

How anyone could hurt someone like that is too confusing for me to make sense of it. How about you?

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