Family of one of Derrick Todd Lee's victims reacts to his death

Victim's family responds to serial killer's death

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Local family members of one of the women authorities believe was murdered by serial killer Derrick Todd Lee spoke about his death Thursday.

Lee died in a hospital. He was on death row.

Law enforcement said 44-year-old Pam Kinamore was one of Lee's murder victims. His death prompted mixed feelings among local family members.

"I'm not really pleased with what happened. I guess I'm the only one that feels that way in my family. Everybody else looks at it as closure for them," said Pam's brother, Ed Piglia.

Her brother-in-law, Ed White, said Lee's death will help to provide closure and rid the family of a major concern.

"It was always our concern that some kind of a way he would get back out," White said.

For Piglia, Lee's death screams of another injustice.

"He's never really served his debt to society. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection, and of course that didn't happen, and he's been sitting on death row for almost 13 years," Piglia said.

Kinamore disappeared from her Baton Rouge home in 2002.  Days later, her body turned up in Whiskey Bay under the interstate. Kinamore was one of seven women Lee was suspected of killing.

"When someone has killed multiple innocent people, it's about as upsetting an event that you can have.  I think it's impossible not to be upset. I think a lot of times, families, you don't need to block being upset," said LSU Health psychiatrist Dr. Kristopher Kaliebe.

Kinamore's brother he is angry.

"It's more anger that the system of justice hasn't kept up with the science of DNA. This guy should have been put to death years ago," Piglia said.

Dr. Kaliebe said it is a good idea to turn anger into something positive.

"They have to be careful about how much tuned in they are, or else they'll keep reliving negative events and making themselves more upset," he said.

And Dr. Kaliebe agrees that some may be angry because Derrick Todd Lee died in a hospital and was not executed as a jury intended.

"I'm sure that people who are involved, or knew any of the victims, many of them probably wanted retribution and would have liked to have seen the justice system carry that out," he said.

White said it took time, but eventually the family began to pray for Lee.

"The whole thing is a tragedy, and second of all, we have been praying for Derrick Todd Lee's repentance. We've been praying that he would turn his life to the Lord, and we've been praying that he would let the authorities know where the other victims' bodies are," he said.

Lynne Marino, Pam Kinamore's mother, became a very vocal victims' rights advocate. She died last year of cancer. Her son said it was tragic that Lee had not been executed before his mother's death.

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