Family shares memories of Keisa Lange, young woman shot, killed and left on St. Cloud road
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As the warm wind whips the balloons and flowers left at a growing memorial for 25-year-old Keisa Lange, her family gathered in tears.
"You never think a police officer is going to come to the door and tell you that your child has been shot, and a child that was never mean to anybody," said Janna Meyer, Lange’s mom.
Police said Lange was found shot and killed Thursday morning along Cooper Avenue South, just off Interstate 94 in St. Cloud.
Her mother said she was loving, vibrant and full of life.
"She had this magnetic personality that people who just met her for a few seconds would just gravitate toward her and confide in her and just want to be around her," Meyer said.
Her friends are in disbelief.
"It’s hard because she was such an amazing person, and she did so much for everyone," said friend Kelsey Patton.
"She deserved better than what happened to her, and it never should have happened at all," added Autumn Klemish.
"It’s a hard time right now because all the people that are surrounding us are her friends and family, and I can see their anger and their emotions, and it’s really hard," she added.
Lange has four younger siblings who admired and looked up to her.
"Keisa was an amazing sister, she used to, when she had free time, take us places like the gas station and let us buy stuff," her sister said.
"We love her very much, and she was loved. She was the best to me, we were more than sisters she was a really good friend and I hope that whoever hurt her is arrested and she gets justice because she deserves it," another sister added.
Now, as they plan her funeral, they reflect on her young life senselessly lost, and how much more she had to live.
"I’m going to remember her most by her outgoing personality, how loving and caring she was," said Caleb Kimmes, Lange’s stepfather.
"What do I want people to remember about her? Everything: She was an amazing person — it’s not that she didn’t have some struggles, she did — but she was not a bad person, she was not a mean person, she was not an evil person in any way, and she wasn’t a piece of trash that deserved to be thrown there. She was so loved," her mother added.
Lange’s family and friends have created a fundraising page. Her mother said when justice has been received for Keisa, she wants to help other families suffering a horrific loss like this, stating that we all need to do better and help support each other.
St. Cloud police have not announced any suspects in the case and said they are continuing to investigate.