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Updated: 11/12/2009 6:48 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Diena Thompson's lawyer tells Action News they don't think Somer knew the person who kidnapped and killed her.

Diena's been doing a lot of interviews on national morning shows, Dr. Phil and America's Most Wanted. Now she's getting criticized by some people for it.
 
"Now I have other people opening my mail for me because I didn't do this and I didn't have any idea that something like this could happen to me," said Diena.

She's getting hate mail and calls. It's all tough for Diena Thompson to take. They started after her daughter's story hit the national spotlight. She just wants to find her daughter's killer.
 
"I wonder what kind of person would attack me when I'm already down. I'm tapping out and people are still attacking me. I understand there are other bad people in the world, but I'm not one of them," said Diena.

There haven't been many letters, but they're enough for Diena to break down. People are calling her a bad mom for letting her kids walk home from school.

"Even if it's one or a 100, it cuts me to my soul. It's from someone here in Florida, and I should be prosecuted for abuse and neglect for letting my kids walk to school," said Diena.
 
But she didn't have a choice. The district tells all parents if they live less than two miles away from the school, they have to walk. Somer was walking home from school last month when she disappeared. So far, police don't have any leads, but Diena says Somer's killer will be caught.
 
"They have every intention of catching this monster and bringing him to justice, that's all we want," said Diena.

There's also a new website set up where people can get the latest on the investigation, and fundraising efforts. It's called, www.remememberingsomer.com.
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realtor - 3/26/2010 9:43 AM
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The root of the concern with our Clay County children walking to school if under 2 miles needs to change. Either the county can hire a driver who may live in that radius to pick up children within view of their homes or mandate the employers to allow a parent within the home to report to work after dropping their children off without the hastle currently given to moms and or dads for coming in late. Same goes for after school. Perhaps Deanna feels her other children are safer away from this location, as one writer allouds to. We as parents can not judge how parents under this situation should behave unless we have experienced this loss and even then it is not justified. My thoughts and prayers are with Somers Mom and family.

MilitaryMan - 11/27/2009 8:45 PM
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Did she REALLY get hate mail, or is this just some way of her getting more publicity ? ?

needghange - 11/13/2009 10:17 PM
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just a thought the people that are sending the hate mail should be moved to the top of the list for the death of this child why would anyone send mail like that unless they had some thing to hide and for you info 75% of the kids in this town walk to and from school and half of the people that put her down for her child walking to school do the same and this can happen to any of our children apart of her life has been taken away why would you messed up people do something like this people like you are what is wrong with the world you are nasty people and just think what and how you would feel if it happens to or someone you love or did any of you stupid people think about that you should be a shamed of your self for what you are doing to this lady and the mail you are sending and the things that you have said god help you what you dish out will come back to you 10 full

one sad world - 11/13/2009 12:23 AM
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Thats really sad this poor lady lost her child now she is getting hate mail and phone calls. I dont understand pepole these days. What kind of monster would hurt this poor child? Something needs to be done about this to many kids are loseing there lifes because of sick minded pepole in this world.

Realchange - 11/12/2009 7:02 PM
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I don't think she should be getting hate mail or phone calls. She did lose her daughter to some monster. Save your hate mail for that person when they are caught it's the least they deserve.The schools and DCF should be talking to each other and investigating what they can do to change what happened here. Letting children walk home cause they are trying to save money is word they used earlier about the poor truck family, child endangerment. At least in that case the parents were present and taking care of their children. In Somers case: No parent supervision, no adult supervision from a child walking home and now a small innoccent child is dead because of it. That's true endangerment. Not imagnined like in the truck case. Is DCF investigating while small children are allowed to walk home alone with no adult supervision to protect children and families has anyone seen anything on this?

BeReal - 11/12/2009 5:42 PM
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while as a mother i feel for diena's loss...... i am having a hard time with all her press time, during that first week she was reported as saying her children were with other family members not HER, now she is off doing national tv programs and again her other children must be with family members NOT the mother they need at home to help live with this loss of a sister.........just seems as all she cares about is how much she can get from donations and she wonders why people are questioning her......i can assure you if a monster took one of mine the others would be in my sight at all times, no camera's would be seeing me...........i'm not trying to be cruel, just honest!!!

dougl stackman - 11/12/2009 5:23 PM
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my heart goes out to diena thompson. she's suffered the greatest tradgedy a parent could face. how can people be so cruel? i think those type of people have no life. may God bless you and keep you in His heart. peace and love. they will find this monster. dragester1
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