Family copes with murder of daughter after 25 years

Created: 07/17/2014 6:35 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

This is the 25th anniversary of the murder of a young Albuquerque woman, a murder that thousands of New Mexicans cannot forget. July 16, 1989, 18-year-old Kaitlyn Arquette is shot in the head near Lomas and Arno NE while driving home from a girlfriend’s house.

Police investigated and ultimately concluded that it’s a random drive-by shooting. Kait’s family and friends have never bought that, and a quarter-century hasn’t changed their point of view or their grief.

Kait was the daughter of Lois Duncan Arquette , a well-known award-winning writer of fiction for teens and young adults. Lois wrote “Who Killed My daughter” about her family’s ordeal, and she has just published online “One To The Wolves – On The Trail Of A Killer”, updating the case.

“The pieces all began to come together to make a hideous jigsaw puzzle with one key piece missing,” Lois told us in a phone interview from Florida where she now lives with her husband Don. “All it’s going to take is one good courageous person to contact us with that key piece and we’ll have the whole picture.”

Pat Caristo worked as a private investigator on Kait’s murder. The case transformed her life’s work.

“Kaitlyn’s case took us to other victims and other families and other moms,” Caristo said in her office on Lomas near Eubank. “All of those people needed investigation help and needed protracted investigation, which is so costly they couldn’t afford to do it, so we started doing it nonprofit.”

Kaitlyn’s case inspired Pat to start the Resource Center for Victims of Violent Death. The link for the Center is here – and the link to order Lois’ book is here.

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