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News - August 12, 2022

Man charged in 1982 cold-case murder of Palo Alto teen

Karen Stitt, 15, was raped, stabbed near a bus stop

by Sue Dremann

Editor's note: Descriptions of crime in this article may be disturbing to some readers.

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Posted by Grew Up Here
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2022 at 11:39 am

Grew Up Here is a registered user.

Thanks to law enforcement and Matt Hutchison for pursuing the case. Surely, Ramirez has committed more crimes. I hope they put him on suicide watch so he can serve time in prison; death is too easy.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Aug 9, 2022 at 4:15 pm

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May the soul of Karen Stitt rest in peace.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2022 at 4:33 pm

Bystander is a registered user.

I am very pleased that this guy has been caught and arrested. Well done to all concerned.

However, does this warrant a news alert? I like the idea of news alerts to get word out quickly when something has just happened and we as the general public need to be alerted to something in case it affects how we get around town or other immediate plans. But is this a good example of how this facility should be used.

I am pleased that we can read the details, at leisure, when we are catching up with the days news.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Aug 10, 2022 at 6:51 am

Jennifer is a registered user.

DNA and Detective Hutchison who never gave up. Thank you.

Rest in Peace Karen.

Posted by Holly
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 10, 2022 at 8:52 am

Holly is a registered user.

As a friend of Karen’s, and her boyfriend’s brother, back in middle school, this article brings great relief. This case has haunted me for most of my life. Although I am shaking from the details, and feeling a renewed sense of grief, I am eternally grateful for the continued dedication that lead to the resolution to her terrifying death. My heart reaches out to all who are still effected to this day, as am I.

Posted by NanaDi
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 10, 2022 at 10:39 am

NanaDi is a registered user.

I am happy to read that the perpetrator of this heinous crime is finally being brought to justice, and I have to disagree with Bystander; I think the news does deserve an Alert. Sadly, these types of old stories, tragic though they are, fade in the memories of most of us who were not acquainted with or related to the victim, but this breaking news is definitely worthy of an Alert. Condolences to Karen's family and friends, and BRAVO to Law Enforcement and the Investigators who participated in the effort to bring her murderer to justice.

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