::Nielsen Family To Hold Candlelight Vigil
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff Reports
Friday, July 6, 2007
RALEIGH - The family of murdered pregnant mother Jenna Nielsen will be holding a candlelight vigil in downtown Raleigh on Monday night, July 9th at the Bicentennial Mall across Jones St. from the Legislative Building at 7:30pm.
In addition, the family is passing out fliers on Saturday morning at 8:30am at the are Carolina Pines Park at 2305 Lake Wheeler Road, not far from where Nielsen, age 22, was killed at a gas station across from the NC Farmer's Market.
Nielsen leaves behind her husband Tim and their two young children as well as her other family members in the Triangle area.
Her husband and father talk about the case, their efforts to change the law, and how they have coped by searching for her killer. [ 5:00 minute interview ]
At the vigil on Monday night, the family says it will be remembering what will would have been Nielsen's unborn child's birthday whom they have named Ethen.
In addition, her survivors are hoping to keep pressure on to turn up clues in the case.
"As the father of Jenna Nielsen and the grandfather of Ethen Nielsen, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your continued support in helping us catch this killer," said Kevin Blaine, Nielsen's father in a statement to the press.
"With your help, someone just might see or read an article and call in a tip that will help bring justice for Jenna and Ethen," he added.
On Tuesday, the family says they will hold a press conference regarding House Bill 263, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which would additional criminal charges if someone murdered a pregnant woman.
North Carolina currently has no law on the books and Nielsen's family has stated publicly that they hope to get the law changed.
For more details on that effort and their search for the killer as well as how they've coped through comments on their website, be sure to watch the video interview with Tim Nielsen, her husband, and Kevin Blaine, her father. :: Editor's Note: The special police hotline in the case for anyone with tips is 919-227-6220 or visit the family's website at www.justice4jenna.org.