Dispatches from a Reporter's Notebook

Elusive 'Closure'

Posted January 28, 2008
Updated January 30, 2008

When we talk about murder cases, we love to throw around words like "closure," as it relates to the victim's family.

But anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one in a violent manner knows there is no such thing. Although grief is different for every person, one thing is universal: That loss stays with you in some form throughout your lifetime.

For Walter Moreland, the kidnapping and murder of his wife, Cynthia Moreland, in August 2006 is an unimaginable tragedy that he will never completely recover from.

He is happy for his daughter, Keisha, who is getting married soon. But he freely admits that he is not happy. He works two days a week at a local hospital.

While this helps him take his mind off his grief for a short period of time, it does nothing to lessen it.

Moreland's pain is evident in the way he carries himself, as if there is a great weight on his shoulders holding him down. His face is drawn as he talks about his wife, the love of his life, his best friend.

On the passenger window of his car, there is a picture of Cynthia Moreland taped to the glass. She is with him every where he goes.

The trial of the man accused in the Moreland case, Antonio Chance, has been delayed because his attorneys say he is mentally retarded.

Walter Moreland doesn't have much to say about this specific issue other than the fact that he just wants the whole thing over with, and now it looks like he may have to wait a while.

Walter Moreland will never find "closure," but he hopes eventually, he will find justice.

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