Three years ago today, "someone" walked
into Renee Pagel's bedroom and murdered her while she was recovering from donating a kidney to the father of one of her
students. She was just days away from her divorce being finalized. There is only one suspect that remains--her
estranged husband, Michael Pagel.
Renee was the mother of three young children: Sarah & Joel (twins)
who were 7 at the time, and Hannah who was only 3. Renee was a daughter and a sister; a nurse and a teacher; and a friend
and inspiration to so many. In her 41 years, she gave more and accomplished more than most of us do in an entire lifetime.
She cheerfully gave of herself at a local homeless clinic. She volunteered in migrant camps, and as a medical missionary
in third world countries. She worked as a nurse in a burn unit and in a psychiatric hospital. She gave a part
of herself--literally--by donating her kidney to the father of one of her students so that he could have life.
Renee's death, a letter was found in her home that she had written several years earlier. It was addressed to the
pre-born baby of a lifelong friend (see Baby Beach letter)....and gave a glimpse of her beautiful heart. In the letter,
Renee spoke about the unconditional love and commitment of parents; and the importance of having a relationship with Jesus;
the responsibility that we have as human beings to care for each other and for the less fortunate. This letter also
displayed how she loved to laugh, and how important it is to laugh at oneself. And she was ALWAYS laughing! She
addressed the importance of maintaining a positive attitude, no matter what the circumstances.
This letter, in
its entirety, can be accessed on Renee's website at http://www.whokilledrenee.com/ or through the Facebook group JUSTICE FOR RENEE PAGEL.
Renee is missed by so many....yet her memory and positive
influence lives on. The website gives countless examples of how she impacted so many lives. We pray that we will
see justice for Renee in this lifetime, and rest in the fact that God promises justice in His perfect timing.
many people continue to pray for her children...that they would someday be able to know the truth about what happened to their
mom, and have loving support when that happens. We pray that they someday soon may be able to freely talk about their
mom, and know how special she was, and be assured of how much she loved them.
Thank you to all who continue to
pursue justice for Renee, and for the outpouring of encouragement and prayers on behalf of Renee's family, children and
friends. A special thank you to Susan for allowing me a platform to be a voice for Renee Pagel.