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Memorial created 10-22-1997 by
Lois Duncan Arquette
Kaitlyn Arquette
September 18 1970 - July 17 1989





Kaitlyn Clare Arquette

September 18, 1970 - July 17, 1989

Kaitlyn Arquette, 18, an honor student with dreams of becoming a doctor, was chased down in her car and shot twice in the head as she drove home from visiting a girlfriend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The police dubbed this a random driveby shooting and investigated it as such, despite overwhelming evidence that Kait was murdered to prevent her from blowing the whistle on an organized interstate Vietnamese crime ring. In an effort to motivate informants, Kait's mother, (who writes under the name Lois Duncan), wrote a book, WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?, (Dell, 1992). When police refused to follow up on the tips this book generated, Kait's family decided to place all their information on the Internet. Please, visit Kait's home page: Perhaps you can help us find answers to our many questions regarding the killing and the APD investigation.

(The following poem was written August, 1989,
by Kait's mother)

I cannot look at it fully, straight on. Not yet.
Tiny sideways glances are all I can manage.
One image at a time. Her graduation picture.
Her record collection. Her lonely black cat.
A schedule of college classes spanning the next four years.
The posters from her bedroom -- a jigsaw puzzle, half completed --
A romance novel with a bookmark at page 57.
A brown rose, carefully pressed -- who gave her that rose?
Lyrics from a love song, copied in a notebook.
Did somebody sing that song to her, or was she waiting,
Dreaming away the years until she would hear it?

I cannot look at it fully, straight on. Not yet.
I focus on each small chore as a separate entity.
Clothes are sent to a cousin in California.
Teddy bears go to the children she used to babysit
A metal vase for flowers is installed at the grave site
So she may have roses in summer, poinsettias in winter.
Maybe in springtime I can ring her a hyacinth
If the frost doesn't kill it.

If I widen my eyes to take in the whole of it
I will shatter like aluminal foil in a microwave,
Taking the house down with me.

--Lois Duncan Arquette


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