12/17/88 - 7/1/11
The beautiful young lady above is the youngest of our four children. On July first of this year Christiana Fesmire disappeared with no explanation. We spent the next few months in deep despair and in constant prayer. We received a call from the Lewiston, Maine police detective Roland Godbout in October, wanting to meet with us. It was then that we were informed that a man had been arrested and charged with her brutal murder. We know not why exactly, only that he was her neighbor and that they had not gotten along very well. Her remains have yet to be found.
It is obvious from her photo, that she was of rare and stunning beauty. What cannot be seen is the vibrant personality and happy outlook on life that she possessed. Her constant smile and love for snowboarding, bicycling and her family have been taken from her now and these are sorely missed by everyone who knew her. I wish to thank everyone for the outpouring of sympathy that the family has received.
Please forgive me for placing this tragedy before you in this otherwise positive look into an activity I have loved and enjoyed presenting to you. But I need to put my hobby in the back seat of my life for a while. I'm sure I will return to it someday so until then be patient. In the meantime, please say a prayer for our little one that her soul is at peace. We miss her immensely.
Update: This is to inform all those who have so considerately offered their condolences at our loss, that on Friday, November 16, 2012, Buddy Robinson was found guilty in the murder of our youngest child, Christiana. It does not do anything to comfort us in our loss but does provide us one more element of closure to this tragedy. Many thanks for the diligence of local and state law enforcement agencies and the Maine Attorney General's Office in the successful prosecution. Our only hope for Mr. Robinson is that he will share in our sorrow at his actions of July 1, 2011 and that it will permeate his daily thoughts as it does ours. He has not yet been sentenced and Christiana's remains are still not found.
Update: It's been over two years now since learning of the tragic fate of our little girl. The judicial system here in Maine is quite slow but finally today, sentencing was pronounced for our daughter's murderer, Buddy Robinson. Even today, Mr. Robinson offered no apologies for his actions and supplied the court with a ten minute rant on what a great guy he was. The judge, Justice Kennedy was not impressed with his speech and was actually annoyed at his inability to offer a reason or apology for what he did. It was for this reason that she decided to up the sentence that the District Attorney and defense attorney agreed upon of 40 years to 55 years. We are grateful for her ability to see clearly that just because Buddy Robinson seems to be a well mannered, polite young man, doesn't mean that there aren't well mannered, polite murderers walking the face of the earth. Our experience now with the courts, law enforcement and the media is now over and we look forward to revisiting Christiana in a positive, loving manner. May she live on in our memories and be happy wherever she may be.