Mom: 'I Feel Like Somer's Pushing Me'
Molly Hatchet To Perform Benefit Concert
POSTED: Friday, November 13, 2009
UPDATED: 9:38 am EST November 13, 2009
[Somer Renee Thompson.]
Somer Renee Thompson.
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- In a taped interview that aired Thursday on Dr. Phil, Diena Thompson said she's trying to stay strong in the wake of the tragic death of her 7-year-old daughter, Somer, last month.
Diena appeared on the show as part of a discussion about abductions. Somer went missing while she was walking home from school, and her body was found days later in a Georgia landfill.
"I feel like Somer's pushing me," Diena told WJXT-TV on Thursday. "She's keeping me with my eyes focused to what needs to happen."
Diena wears her daughter's picture around her neck every day, and she dresses in purple, Somer's favorite color. With each day that passes, she said investigators restore her faith.
"I think their attitude is even more positive than mine," Diena said. "They've assured me that they are moving forward in positive strides, and that they have every intention of never letting this case get cold. Most of them told me they wont retire until this case is cold."
Sheriff Rick Beseler answered questions Thursday about what evidence has been found three weeks into the investigation.
Beseler said some forensic evidence is back from the lab, but he won't say what it is.
Beseler did not release any information on whether investigators have tracked down the Dumpster where Somer's body was originally placed.
As for the home on Gano Avenue that investigators searched, Beseler would not say if the crime took place there, but he did say it has not been ruled out.
Investigators said they are using a high-tech computer system that analyzes the Internet for anyone boasting about the crime. They have received more than 3,600 tips in the case.
Diena said she believes with so many resources and agencies still in on the case that justice is coming soon.
"He can't be smarter than the rest of us," Diena said. "It can't be smarter than the rest of us. There's nothing a 7-year-old could do to deserve what she's been put through even though I don't know what that is, but I have my own story in my mind. As I've said before, I don't know if it's more gruesome than what's actually happened, but when you're left to your mind, it can show you some horrible things."
Police still aren't releasing information about how Somer was killed, and Diena said she needs answers.
"I really want to know why, why," she said. "I want a big T-shirt with a question mark 'why,' but I might not ever get this answer because this person probably absolutely has no reason, just pure evil."
Diena said she is passing the days trying to focus on her three other children.
"I'm still a mess," she said. "I can't have my eyes off of them."
She said every night her children ask her to sing "You Are My Sunshine."
"It's hard to sing them her song, but if that's what makes them feel better then that's what I've got to do," Diena said.
Anyone with information about Somer's death is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. The total amount of reward money in the case stands at $45,000.
Meanwhile, the Orange Park community is uniting as they gear up for the Somer Thompson benefit concert lead by legendary southern rock band Molly Hatchet. The benefit concert will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at the Orange Park High School football stadium. Diena Thompson will be the guest of honor for the event.
According to band owner Bobby Ingram, they have agreed to help the family of murder victim Somer Thompson and the Justice Coalition to help raise money to increase the reward being offered.
Orange Park High School Principal Treasure Picket said, "We are pleased to help with this much needed community outreach project."
The band will also debut a specially written tribute song for Somer, as well as play their complete concert lineup of music including "Gator Country," "Whiskey Man," "Devil's Canyon," "Beatin' The Odds" and "Flirtin' With Disaster."
Rockers Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will also play at the benefit concert. The band is originally from Middleburg.
A $10 donation will be taken at the gate and will be divided between the Thompson family and the Justice Coalition. In the event of bad weather, the concert will move inside the school's domed gymnasium.
Orange Park High School is located at 2300 Kingsley Ave.
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Location: Orange Park, Florida, United States (load item map)
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