Bring Lizzi Home
As U.S. readers may have seen on national news, investigators seem certain that missing University of New Hampshire student Lizzi Marriott was killed. Her body has yet to be found, a suspect has been charged by the State of New Hampshire with second-degree murder.
Authorities obviously know more than they have told the public, but details continue to trickle out. Lizzi apparently knew the alleged killer from the Target store where she worked. According to some news reports, he was reportedly the boyfriend of the friend Lizzi was going to see when she went missing. Police believe he either strangled or smothered her, though they haven’t indicated what led them to that conclusion. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has the latest here.
I am horrified by so many aspects of this story. I’m told by my own parents that the death of a child is the worst thing a mother or father can experience. Prior to knowing what happened to their daughter, the Marriotts endured the uncertainty of not knowing her whereabouts or her condition. Then they learned she had been murdered, something that for most of us only happens to strangers. Now they await the recovery of her body so that she can be laid to rest.
As a Christian, I believe that the body is only a person’s temporary home. But we know each other as body and soul; it’s difficult to separate one from the other. Although the essence of Lizzi has passed on, taking proper care of her body and having a funeral are the last things her parents can do for her. They shouldn’t be denied that opportunity.
So I’m asking my readers to pray again, like I asked you to pray before, but this time for the recovery of her body. Please also pray for comfort for her parents and—I can’t forget as someone who has lost a sibling—for her younger brother.