Mother of Murdered Seven-Year-Old Girl Gets Serious Closure: She Burned the Killer’s House Down

Mother of Murdered Seven-Year-Old Girl Gets Serious Closure: She Burned the Killer’s House Down

What would you do if you suddenly had ownership of the house that your child was murdered in? For Diena Thomspon, the answer was easy: she burned the house down.

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It had been 5 long years since the day Diena Thompson’s little girl was walking home from school and then lured into a Florida home where she was raped and suffocated.

But Mom got to exact a unique measure of closure on Thursday, courtesy of the house where the horrible crime against 7-year-old Somer was committed in 2009: She got to burn it down.

“I am the big bad wolf this time, knocking down your door,” Thompson told WJXT-TV outside the Orange Park property surrounded by firefighters.

Somer’s convicted killer, 29-year-old Jared Harrell, was squatting in the house at the time of her murder; it was in foreclosure after Harrell’s parents moved out.

The bank, after taking possession, transferred ownership of the house to the Somer Thompson Foundation — which gave her mom a novel idea.

Thompson got in touch with the Orange Park Fire Department and offered that the house could be a great benefit if it was used for training exercises — and then burned to the ground. Firefighters commenced training on Monday and finished with Thompson walking up to the house and throwing a flare inside, igniting the whole place.

“Burn, baby, burn,” Thompson told WJXT. Cheers went up as smoke billowed from the windows; more shouts came as the first flames were seen, the station said.

This was a brilliant way to get closure and close the book on a bad chapter in her life. Not only did she get a small measure of revenge, she also was able to do something good at the same time by helping out the local fire department. It’s a win-win.

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