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Clark County

March 8, 2013

Grieving father talks about unimaginable loss of daughter

Family thankful for community support



He said Tara’s death has been even more difficult for the family to process by the admissions Hooten has publicly made.

“This guy confessed, but he shows no remorse. He shows no guilt,” he said of Hooten. “He didn’t care what happened to Tara or the pain my family is going through. If he cared, he wouldn’t be on TV right now.” 

Todd Willenborg said what has helped his family deal with Tara’s absence is the swell of support that has entered their lives.

The support has come from St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, the city of Jeffersonville and the community, he said.

“People I don’t know, people that knew me as a little kid. We have had so much support, and that has helped,” Todd Willenborg said. “That has helped, especially at the funeral. That’s helped me to be strong and not break down and cry like I want to. I keep my composure as much as I can.”

He gave special thanks to community and administration of St. Luke’s Church.

“St. Luke’s, my church family, has been a blessing. My pastor, Pastor Jennifer, has done way more than any pastor should ever have to do,” Todd Willenborg said.

As he and his family move forward from Tara’s horrid death, they are finding some comfort knowing that they have countless shoulders to lean on. 

“I want to thank the people of Jeffersonville for their support though this hard time,” Todd Willenborg said. “And, it is going to get harder. It is going to get worse. It is great to have their support. It really is.”

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