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Other victims in tragedy of Reynolds’ death

Thursday’s stories in The Union regarding the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Drew Reynolds solicited some skeptical responses from those who wondered why we would spend 1 inch of space discussing the plight of the family of the man accused of murdering Reynolds.

That man, Scott Krause, is still sitting in jail awaiting trial on charges of murder, burglary, carjacking and several other crimes. He is accused of stealing a truck and intentionally crashing it into Reynolds’ UPS van, killing him instantly. Investigators say Scott Krause had been using methamphetamine in the days leading up to his alleged crime spree that ended in Reynolds’ death.

In one story Thursday, The Union highlighted the first recipient of a Drew Reynolds Memorial Scholarship, a $2,000 renewable cash award given to those who are raising families while pursuing a college education at the Sierra College Nevada County campus. Drew’s widow, Lore, presented that award to Kerri Fulton. In addition to a wife, Drew Reynolds also left behind two young children.

In an accompanying story, The Union reporter Roman Gokhman wrote about the family that Scott Krause left behind in this tragic series of events. As we have said many times before, there are thousands and thousands of innocent victims in the fight against the scourge called methamphetamine that continues to ravage our community. Not a day goes by when there is not an arrest or crime related to that problem.

Many families in our community can share their own drug-related stories. Sons who steal money and jewelry from their own mothers to pay for their daily fix. Daughters who trade their once beautiful bodies for a meth-filled needle. Grandmothers and grandfathers who have spent thousands of dollars on treatment and support in a futile effort to rid their sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of this highly addictive and often-lethal drug.

Tracie Krause, the murder suspect’s ex-wife, has since moved out of the area with her two children in an effort to protect them from the grisly details of the crash and of their father’s involvement.

“There was more than one incident where my third- and fourth-grade children were told by friends, ‘My parent said I can’t play with you because of what your dad did,'” Tracie Krause wrote in an e-mail.

Those children did nothing wrong. Their only crime was being born to a man who would later become one of hundreds of thousands of others in America today unable to kick a meth habit.

We need to remember such lesser-discussed victims in our search for justice and blame and vindication. We join Nevada County in its continued grief over the loss of a great man, father, son and upstanding community citizen, Drew Reynolds. We also mourn the loss of a woman and her two children, led into an exile of sorts by their father’s disastrous addiction.

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