Memorial For Karen Lee Hunt
Karen Lee Hunt January 7, 1968 - December 21, 1988 Syracuse University Student Daughter of Bob and Peggy Hunt Webster, York
Today (12/21/2012) is the 24th anniversary of the day my big sister, Karen, was taken.
Not a day goes by that I don't miss her and realize how losing her has changed my life.
I love you Karen!!! Robyn
— with Stacey Fairbairn Sweeney, Farshad Hajir, Thea Pace and Lauren S. Henry.
20TH Anniversary Events
You can listen to Song For Karen by Richard Newbegin and Only Americans by Bonnie Abrams
on TouchTunes and AMI Internet Jukeboxes All Over The United States, Canada and Mexico!
Annual Memorial Service at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, Dec 21st,
the anniversary of the 1988 bombing over Lockerbie Scotland. 1:30 PM.
Honored guests are Attorney General Loretta Lynch; FBI Director James Comey;
CIA Director John Brennan; Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff; Lisa Monaco,
Advisor to the President for Homeland Security and Terrorism; Admiral Neffenger,
Transportation Security Administrator, and Ken Dornstein, producter of the Frontline Series
"My Brother's Murderer".
Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Victims of Lockerbie, Scotland Bombing
"Click here for the Dark Elegy Website"
N E W Y O R K, Jan. 31 — They lost their sons, daughters and spouses when Pan Am Flight 103 blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland. For 12 years, they fought with the American and British governments — and sometimes each other — seeking justice. Rochester Reacts To Split Verdict In Lockerbie Bombing AP News, ABC News 01/31/2001 Scottish judges have found one Libyan man guilty and a second not guilty of murdering 270 people in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. (Greg Bos/Reuters) Rochester, NY and Camp Zeist, Netherlands - More than a decade after Pan Am Flight 103 went down in flames over Lockerbie, Scotland, a Scottish court has found a Libyan man guilty of the attack. Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi now faces the maximum penalty for murder under Scottish law: life imprisonment. His sentence will be announced at about 7 a.m. ET. Co-defendant Lamen Khalifa Fhimah was found not guilty. The verdicts, a tremendous surprise after months of speculation, were unanimous. Presiding Judge Lord Sutherland said little other than "guilty" for al-Megrahi and "not guilty" for Fhimah Rochester residents Robert and Peggy Hunt lost their 20-year-old daughter Karen when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up. The Hunt family watched with mixed emotions from their home Wednesday morning as the Scottish court reached their verdict. Robert Hunt says the family is disappointed by the one innocent verdict. They hope a civil trial will bring more people to justice, including those within the Libyan government. In Robert Hunt's words, "there will always be a scar in our hearts," over the bombing. But, he says, the family will not allow terrorists to affect the rest of their lives. To do that, he says, would be to allow the terrorists to win. Lorraine Halsh of Perinton also died in the bombing. Last night, her husband Paul Halsch and daughter Kelly Halsch, who was 11 months old when her mother died, watched the verdict on TV. Paul Halsch said, "I would have liked a dual verdict, but it didn't meet the standard under Scottish law." Asked if the verdict was something he could live with, he said, "I've lived with the loss of a wife; I'm going to have to live with this." Paul did not attend the trial, although members of his wife's family did. He said he had a "gut feeling" the verdict might not go their way, and he was relieved and gratified that someone would be held accountable. He said that even though one of the defendants will be freed, the clear message that was communicated was that what happened to Flight 103 was state-sponsored terrorism, and now the world must acknowledge that. The decision came after innumerable delays and adjournments, and diplomatic and bureaucratic wrangles since the Dec. 21, 1988 bombing, which killed 259 people on the plane, and 11 on the ground. The trial itself was billed as Scotland's biggest murder proceeding ever, costing some $90 million and involving 10,232 pages of testimony from 235 witnesses. The conviction should intensify suspicions that the attack was intended as an act of revenge by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi against the United States for the 1986 bombing of Libya, in which an adopted daughter died. The two Libyans became suspects in 1992, but Gadhafi had refused to surrender them until April 1999, nearly a decade after the U.N. Security Council had imposed broad economic sanctions on Libya. In return for suspension of the sanctions, Gadhafi allowed the two men to stand trial in a neutral country. With the trial at its end, there are hopes in Libya that the sanctions against it will be permanently lifted. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Tuesday that the United States would not be able to immediately drop all the sanctions built up over the years.
In the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988, Karen Lee Hunt and 269 people died for no reason. 20 years later all of the persons responsible for this terrible tragedy have yet to be brought to justice!
Shortly after the crash, Karen's father Bob wrote an article about the tragedy that was published in the the Rochester newspapers. A local singer songwriter, Bonnie Abrams, took Bob's words and wrote a song for Karen and all of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103. The song is titled "Only Americans"
Click here to listen to a sound clip from Only Americans.
Three years after the crash a gentleman from England, Richard Newbegin, was on a holiday to Lockerbie. He went to see the Lockerbie Memorial, and although he had never met or even heard of Karen, went home and wrote "Song For Karen", which he then recorded at his friend Ali Lee's Mill Studio, in Alnwick, England.
In November of 1998, Bob and Peggy Hunt brought the recording to Dynamic Recording
and said they wanted to release it to keep Karen's memory alive, and to generate
donations for the Ronald McDonald House charity. We asked Jerry Brongo,
who did the arrangements and the music for "Only Americans", if he would
take Richard's "Song For Karen" and arrange and create the music for that song
as well. This started a wonderful collaboration between Richard and Jerry -
the results of which can be heard by clicking here.
The final CD and Cassette contain Only Americans, and the original Song For Karen recorded in England, and the new version arranged by Jerry, with Richard's vocals, and Peggy Campbell reading Karen's Poem, plus all of the music without the vocals
You may order a copy on-line below, or by sending your check to: