Family of Krystle Dikes speak out at news conference

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
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ELKHART, Ind. The parents of a 20-year-old woman fatally shot while working in an Elkhart grocery store don't know whether she knew the gunman.

Juanita Whitacre of Bristol and Shaun Dikes of Shipshewana say their daughter Krystle Dikes of Elkhart had a lot of friends and described her as "free-willed."

"When she did move out of our house it was silent because there was a huge void there," Whitacre said. "She was a presence in our home and she's greatly missed. There is no one like Krystle and there never will be. I always told her she was a Krystle Dikes original."

Dikes was shot and killed Wednesday night while she stocking shelves at a Martin's Super Market.

"You've touched so many lives and we are better people because of the joy that you brought into our hearts," said Shaun Dikes, Krystle's father. "You are forever in our hearts. We will always love you and we miss you. I miss you."

Dikes' family members spoke at a news conference Saturday. While there were tears, those closest to Dikes found some comfort in honoring this young woman's memory.

"You were not only an angel on earth but now you are an angel in heaven," said Charlotte Dikes, her stepmother. "Forever young. I love you."

Shaun Dikes said his daughter was a big-hearted, independent woman with a contagious laugh who dreamed of opening a child care center for children with special needs.

"If you lay your head down tonight, and you hear the angels singing louder, and dancing harder, it's because of Krystle," said David Whitacre, Krystle's stepfather.

They say they have been overwhelmed by the support from the community.

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