Cider Sunday Part 5 - A Life Lost

Thursday, October 8, 2009

In yesterday's post I showed you Lattin's Country Cider Mill, a wonderful local farm, cider mill, petting zoo and much more. If I only showed you yesterday's photo and the accompanying write-up I wouldn't be telling the whole story. Right now Lattin's is going through a very tough time. You see that's the rest of the story. This past Sunday we not only went to Lattin's to let our seven year old pick out a pumpkin and feed the goats, we also went to show our community support to some good people that experienced something terrible recently. You see on the morning of Thursday September 24th the unthinkable happened. One of the employees, Kay Langford was shot and killed at Lattin's by her ex-boyfriend. The owner, Carolyn Lattin risked her life to stop the man but could not. After he killed Langford he, as many cowards do, attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself in the face. He failed. I'm writing about this not just to tell you about a local killing. Several days after the murder my wife and I read this article in our local paper The Olympian. I thought it was well written and echoed our sentiments exactly. Just to let you know, we were by no means the only ones there supporting these fine people. The place was crowded with kids and adults buying pumpkins, pies, jams, good barbequed food but mainly letting Carolyn Lattin, her daughters and the rest of the people there know that it was going to be okay.


  1. My oh my what a tragedy. We always wonder why bad things happen to good people. Thank you for lending a hand and supporting you neighbors. My thoughts go out to Lattins. MB

  2. This is so sad !! But the shot is nice !!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    It seems like all of us can recite examples of something like this happening in their own communities. So far the closest we came is our neighbor lady shot herself and died.

  4. Lois Says:

    Oh my gosh, that's just awful! Bless you for supporting them. I wish I wasn't so far away so I could do the same. It sounds like a wonderful place.

  5. Thanks all,
    I think they're getting a pretty good sense of how much support they really have. It never happens overnight, but things will get better.

  6. Jacob Says:

    That's quite a story! We've had a similar thing happen here. Seems to be an epidemic across the land.

    I'm so glad that you and others in the community are banding together to help keep this business going - it sounds like a wonderful place.

    Kudos, Don & Krise to you and to all who go a bit out of their way to help your friends deal with this very tragic event.

    It's fortunate thaqt Ms. Lattin was not injured!

  7. Jacob: As always, thank you.

  8. tapirgal Says:

    This is horrifying, and I'm glad the community rallied around. What about the family and friends of the woman who was shot? I hope they have friends as dedicated. Nothing was said about them in the article. A similar incident happened just up the peninsula in Long Beach or Seaview just a few weeks ago. It is so tragic. This kind of violence is so unnecessary and so horrifying.

  9. tapirgal Says:

    It was gratifying to see the support by the local newspaper.

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