Letter to the Pilot

Monday, December 16, 2002

Wehde family seeks peace in wake of tragedy


Since my son was killed last year I have remained silent and sought the truth. His killer has sought publicity. I hope you will print the attached in your "Letters to the Editor" so our family can have some peace.

Last December 13, my son Dustin was shot to death by Tracy Roberts. She says Dustin had broken into her house with an accomplice and that she shot him in self-defense. My husband, Brett and I have silently mourned our son and have let the police do their investigation. Tracy has told her story to anyone who would listen and few weeks ago was even on national television on the Montel Williams Show telling her "heroic" story. What kind of person goes on national television to glorify the fact that she shot a friend and neighbor to death?

On Thanksgiving day my husband took his own life at ours son's grave because of his grief over Dustin's loss and the untrue allegations about Dustin. Now its time for me to say my peace. Dustin was a law-abiding young man who was never in trouble and loving member of our family. He was not the "troubled youth" that Tracy and Michael Roberts portrayed him to have been. Dustin had ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) a condition that affects millions of kids and adults in the United States. It was difficult for Dustin to concentrate in school and to form lasting relationships. He certainly couldn't have planned a crime. Dustin was looking forward to attending a community college and working with computers. We hoped he would be as successful as many other people with ADD have been.

Tracy and Michael Roberts profess to be good Christians.

Confession is good for the soul and God forgives. The truth still lies buried with Dustin and it would be so fair if Tracy would just let the truth be known and end a lot of pain for a lot of people. The truth will come eventually, it's just a matter of whether it comes from Tracy and Michael or whether they finally have to face it when it comes out. Tracy, why don't you just tell me why you killed my son and then ask for my forgiveness instead of hurting our family with your present story?

Mona Wehde

Sioux Rapids