Many said they cried when they wrote entries into the guestbook for Jamie Rose Bolin on NewsOK.com. I cried when I read through their entries. Debbie Moore of England had seen a photo of Jamie one day on the Internet, but didn't know why her picture was posted. However, since Jamie was the "spitting image of my own daughter,” she saved the photo and told her daughter there was another little girl who looked just like her. "It was later on that I found out why I had seen Jamie's photo and I cannot describe, in words, how that made me feel, it is like looking at my own daughter,” she wrote just days ago. "I am so sorry for her father and send my deepest heart felt condolences to him.”
Largest guestbookHow far has the hurt of this horrible tragedy reached? We don't have a definite answer. But the guestbook was at 135 pages within a few hours after Friday's guilty verdict against Kevin Ray Underwood. In fact, Jamie's is the largest guestbook hosted by NewsOK.com. In addition to the entries from Oklahoma, the guestbook had been signed by people from 41 states and eight countries. Her murder has touched people from Purcell, where she lived, to Brazil, Singapore, Kuwait and many other places. While some comments are recent, others go back to April 2006, soon after the 10-year-old was found dead. Who has signed? Parents, grandparents and the countless who hurt. Some people wrote an entry early on and then returned later just to let the family know they were still thinking of them and still mourning with and praying for them. Some of those who have signed the book knew Jamie personally. "Rose has forever left her smile in my mind,” wrote De Anna Taylor of Purcell. "I remember each time she was in my computer class, she always had a smile, and something kind to say to each one.” Taylor wrote that she hoped to pass Jamie's smile on to others. Her fifth-grade language arts teacher Lesley Jennings wrote: "Rose was a shy and quiet little girl, and a joy to have in class. She always had something to say that would make me laugh.” Jennings added that she was glad she had the chance to teach the child and thankful she had the opportunity to get to know the "sweet little girl.” But again, the pain of her loss was not limited to those who knew her. Charlie Sneed of Horatio, Ark., in his entry, told the Bolin family that Jamie's "abduction and passing” had consumed him for the past two weeks. "I wish I could take your pain and grief away,” he wrote. "I have four daughters and I know what Jamie meant to you. She is a beautiful child. May God lift your burdens and ease your grief. God bless.”
Bringing tearsThe compassion of those writing will likely bring tears to your eyes, as well. So many including Danny Westbrook of Madill, Michelle and Christine Baragona of Hackensack, N.J., and M.S. of Milton, Fla., wrote that they would continue to remember not only Jamie Rose Bolin but all her family. "My family's prayers and thoughts are with you during your heartbreaking and painful loss all the way from Alaska,” wrote Darlene of Anchorage, Alaska. "I feel I needed to tell you even though we have never met that Jamie Rose has touched our lives in so many ways! As a mother of a little redhead girl with glasses I cannot fathom the loneliness you are going through. "Please take comfort knowing she is in paradise for eternity where she only feels lots of love and happiness. GOD bless her and keep her in HIS care. May GOD also bless your family during this sorrowful time.”
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