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Remember Chelsea King

Since last Friday, my stomach has been tied in knots hoping for a miracle for Chelsea King. Chelsea was last seen Thursday, Feb. 25. before heading out for a run after school. Her car was found at the Rancho Bernardo Glassman Community Park. Her cell phone, iPod and school clothes were found inside the car.
Source: “Strong Likelihood” Body Found Is Chelsea’s | NBC San Diego

News reports state that a body likely to be 17 year old Chelsea King was found in a shallow grave near a tributary about 15 feet from the southern shore of Lake Hodges. 
Speaking about faucets, fashion and anything else seems trivial right now when I really wish it was possible to reverse time and make the tragedies of the past week go away. Speaking to friends about this, I find that people either want to tighten up their security and warn their loved ones not to walk alone and take protective measures to be safe. Others could not fathom changing their habits of giving up their hobby of jogging trails or running in parks. The fact is we live in a society where monsters are allowed to live amongst  us. All you have to do is look up a map of registered offenders to see where they live and read all about their convictions to see what these animals are into.  Experts say that sexual offenders can never be rehabilitated. The animal who took Chelsea’s life has a history of sexual attacks and was jailed for it. Why was he let out in the first place? This outrages me to no end. And don’t fall into a sense of complacency because there are no sex offenders on your block. These creeps are on the loose. The bastard who took Chelsea’s life was registered with a home address 75 miles away but stayed in the neighborhood where Chelsea regularly went for her long distance runs.   
Here are the usual tips to stay safe listed at the bottom of this post taken from But I think we need to go further in taking proactive measures. Chelsea left her phone in her car and even if she did have it on her she might not have been in cell phone range to get a signal or she might have already been in harms way to even get a chance to call for help. 
So what can we do and what can our kids do if facing a situation where we are in potential danger and alone? What about GPS tracking that can be attached to clothing? A GPS watch perhaps. What about safety alarms that can be attached to sports wear, socks or shoes that can let out a blaring horn to scare off potential attackers? Are there personal silent alarms that we could trigger, unnoticed by an attacker, that would transmit a GPS signal when in danger? There has to be better ways to stay safe and keep our loved ones safein our daily lives. Let’s face it, sex offenders will always be around us, and there will be times when our kids will be in unsafe situations. There has to be better ways to keep out loved ones safe. 

tips to stay safe


  • Always know where your children are.
  • Put your children’s emergency identification (name, address, phone number) on their clothes.
  • Teach your children your home phone number and to how call 911 if there is an emergency.
  • Agree on a specific time when children must return home.
  • Contact law enforcement authorities immediately if there is any suspicious or unlawful activity.
  • Purchase and watch The Safe Side video with your children.


  • Always tell your parents where you are going.
  • Never enter any home without getting your parent’s permission first.
  • Never get into any vehicle, unless your parents know and have said it’s OK.
  • Always wear reflective clothing at night.
  • Never approach any house that is not well lit.
  • Remember anything weird that an adult says or does to you and tell your parents immediately.
  • Run away from people who offer you candy or other treats or want you to help look for their puppy or kitten.
  • Scream, run and fight if anyone tries to grab you or make you to go with them.
  • Don’t play in areas that you are unfamiliar with.
  • Stay on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, always walk facing traffic.



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

6 thoughts on “Remember Chelsea King

  1. Laurie,I'm heartbroken. What a beautiful, young girl who was lighting the world with goodness before that evil, twisted beast raped and killed her. And to see that deprived, sick S.O.B, smiling smugly in his mug shot makes my stomach churn. He personifies pure evil.-Carmen


  2. I have followed this as well. I have two teenage girls. One with a license and one with a permit. They go to a Catholic school in the middle of the "hood where crime is commonplace nearby.I hold my breath each day until they reach home. I am from San Diego and remember all too well the Cara Knott slaying by a CHP officer. This was before I had kids. I am appalled that Arnie is worried about cursing and not enforcing laws that exist to protect citizens. What is up with THAT? Hey Arnold! Please give a DAMN about enforcing and enacting laws that protect your people.


  3. Oh My God. I used to live in RB. I used to work in an office not very far away from where this happened. It's not the kind of town where you would expect something like that to happen, and this is the first I have heard of this. I feel so sorry for her family, I cannot even imagine what they must be going through. The entire area is so full of teenagers and high schools, and it was always such a protected and safe feeling community for families.


  4. We all feel strong and invincible, and take seemingly small risks, this is a sad reminder that a monster who is determined and obviously deranged is likely going to be stronger and win when he catches a victim off guard. I try to teach my daughters to go in pairs. Teaching young women and men a balance of confidence and caution is a daily exercise. Thanks for giving this tragedy attention and me a much needed poke in the eye, we'll be talking about this in my home.


  5. Aston, I agree that we make the mistake of falling into a false sense of security, especially our kids. We should also teach our girls self defense, scream, be loud and be aware.


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