June 8th, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Holloway's mom urges prayers for Peru victim's family

Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba in 2005. Joran Van der Sloot was arrested twice, but never charged in the case.

The mother of Natalee Holloway on Tuesday urged her supporters to keep "in our hearts and in our prayers" the family of the woman that Joran van der Sloot is now accused of killing.

Beth Holloway made the remark at the opening of a resource center in Washington for the families of missing persons, a center that bears her daughter's name.

Van der Sloot was arrested twice in connection with Natalee Holloway's 2005 disappearance in Aruba but was released for lack of evidence. He denied any involvement and has not been charged in the Holloway case, but was arrested last week by authorities in Peru in connection with the killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez.

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  1. joecooool

    Who uses the word "Kin"?

    June 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • kin you hear me ?

      Um.... GO TO SCHOOL

      June 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmtexasgirl

      really joe? are you that lame that you have to pick on a person. I think it was very gracious of this grieving mother to think about others and their family! You have to be young and dumb!

      June 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Purple

      You mean "whom".

      June 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laird

      "Who uses the word 'Kin'?"
      I do.
      My entire family does.
      Our neighbors and those in town use it too.
      It's a good word – a useful word. Who questions the use of perfectly useful words?

      June 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Kin we all hope that this guy ends up on a milk carton, or maybe kin we hope his kin ends up there? Insensitive d**k. Obviously not a parent.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      While I'm sure you and your kin use the term "kinfolk", I assure you, the rest of us do indeed use the term "kin" to refer to our, well... kin.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Police and official agencies use it all the time. For example, when someone dies the remaining family is called the next of kin.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      Joecooooool, you are a troll. If you can't find it in yourself to have one little piece of sympathy for victims of horrible crimes, then you may find yourself alone and miserable when something bad happens to you. Imagine how that would feel, and then on top of it, some ignoramus like you comes along and mocks their pain. You need to learn some manners.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megdalaina

      All I can say is Karma always take its place when nothing else will.........he had it coming, its just sad that another innocent young lady had to lose her life before it came back on him

      June 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      People from the South do. She is from Alabama. It's a very common word down here.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • felbuz

      Although I understand that this is no joking matter, i dont see the need for every post to jump on joecooool. let's get back to the real issue.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • GDude

      Kin we all just get along?

      June 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |

      UMMM, Who doesn't use the work kin down south?
      Get out more dude.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • browardcountyboy

      You should have checked a dictionary before writing this - the word "kin" is one of the older words in usage in the English language, going back to Old English in the Middle Ages. Its usage implies a higher level of education.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JLP

      Joe-so-cool.... normal people use the word 'kin'....they also use the word ass for people like you.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damned Yankee

      Uh – like everyone in the South uses the word "Kin".

      June 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I think Aruba should re-arrest the Kalpoe brothers and finally get the real story.....and kin is a real word used every day

      June 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      Mike, I was wondering about the Kalpoe brothers too...

      June 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris P

      I hope the cops and prosecuters in Aruba get a reality check and have a lifelong guilt trip. This needless death in Peru could have been prevented.

      No home court advantage for Joran now...While Peru doesn't have the death penalty (I do respect that), I hope the Peruvians give him the max.

      June 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Crystal

    I sure hope that this brings you some sort of closure that this man is behind bars! RIP Girls! So so sad!

    June 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kelly

    "Kin" in a word used in the South. Who goes by the name Joecoool, anyway, really.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      kin is a word used everywhere

      June 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cocamp

    A lot of people use the word

    June 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ReallyJoe?

    Thanks for your input JoeCooool. Different geographic regions, families, groups, etc have different LEXICONS. A lexicon is kind of like a personal dictionary of words an individual uses. So, just because "Kin" isn't in your lexicon, which I am sure is very small, does not mean it isn't in someone else's.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    More like JoeTooool. Crawl back in your hole.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MARCI

    Beth Holloway's quote used the word "family" ....apparently the CNN people used "kin" in the headline. However, "kin" is a perfectly acceptable word, Mr. JOECOOL...find something else to say about such a sad situation.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Betty Phillips

    My heart is broken for this beautiful young lady, If only Van der sloot had told the truth about our lovely Natalee, we would not have another precious family in so much grief. I still think Aruba should bear a lot of the blame. God bless the Hollaway family and the latest victims family. May both young girls rest in Peace. If Joran was torment and caused pain, then that will be his punishment, LETS ALL HOPE THAT HE WILL KNOW THE PAIN THAT HE HAS CAUSED TWO YOUNG LADIES, they were so young to leave us. God be with both families. Betty

    June 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • please

      Yes, "God bless them," just after this gracious God allowed the brutal death of two of their family members.

      Makes a lot of sense.

      June 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Valerie

    This must all feel like some sort of surreal nightmare for Natalee's family. I am just shocked how this is all coming to fruition....unbelievable!

    Of course, my prayers go out to both families, how utterly tragic!

    June 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Toby

    Happy Aruba? Happy now??? You're f-ed up legal system let this killer kill again. Awesome. Go China...they would have had him in the firing squad after Natalie

    June 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rich H

    Maybe now he will finally come clean from 2005.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Aruba's Fault

    You can blame Aruba on this death. If they did their job, this girl would be alive!

    June 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
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      June 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beth Noir

      AMEN!!! And I hope that people all over the world will remember to cross Aruba OFF thier list of vacation possibilities. I've been to Aruba, prior to Natalee's disappearance, but I will never go back and I hope that that others will consider spending thier hard-earned vacation dollars and time someplace else. This death did not have to occur.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      I've been to Aruba...I wasn't impressed.....would rather go to Bermuda.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jen

    Juicy and joe cool need to go on a date. I guess juicey never did anything wrong at 18.
    poor class

    June 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juicey27

      @Jen . . Are you not throroughly reading my posts. I made PLENTY of mistakes, but my parents taught me to be aware of the people I associated with and aware of my surroundings.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Just to put it out there, you can blame Arubas police, but you cant blame Aruba as a whole. Ive been there since Natalees disappearance and the people of Aruba are also disgusted on how the police handled the situation and how this guy isnt behind bars. Just because they live there, doesnt mean they agree with how their government handles things, just like the United States, we shouldnt be blamed for what our government does.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CC

    Unfortunately, I heard that Peru does not have a lifetime sentence or death penalty for murder. I heard that the max is 35 years. He is only admitting to this now as he knows these facts and probably has heard that if he confesses he might get less than the 35 year max. Hopefully this is wrong and they can lock him up forever. Hopefully the United States will get a chance to charge him with extortion after he does his time in Peru so that he can get some extra jail time in the U.S. Even better, would be that Aruba would get their heads out of their "you know whats" and get the balls to investigate the Natalee case properly so that he could get even more time for her disappearance and murder. Van Der Sloot is a waste of a life and heaven forbid what he will do once he is released after doing his time in the Peru jail. Hopefully, some of the other Peruvian inmates will have heard about Stephany and show him a well deserved time in the Peruvian prison. We all know that he will murder again if he does his time in Peru and gets released to the world again. Mrs. Van Der Sloot – you did an awful job of raising your son!!!! ~Condolences out to the families of Stephany and Natalee~

    June 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • CodyDiders

      CC are you a troll? "hopefully some inmates will show him a well-deserved time in prison" ...You just commented something contradictory on the other article:
      This is really bringing out the worst in people. It is terrible how many lives have been ruined. Luckily, the person responsible will have to pay for their crimes, but what is the point of concocting horrific ideas of what will happen to this guy in prison? Now that he has been arrested, shouldn't the focus be on the girls who died and not the person who killed them? People have become so fascinated by serial killers and the "vigilante justice" that awaits them in prison that the victims are forgotten. I guess that's what happens when killers and their crimes are sensationalized by the media...

      June 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      Doesn't matter if Peru has no death penalty...I hear their prisons are like hell...horrible places...to me that's more of a punishment, anyway.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      So, CodyDiders, should he be rehabilitated in prison, access to library, become Born Again?.....There will always be more attention to his victims, but, he deserves hell on earth for 35 years +++

      June 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Luz

    So one of their next steps is to confiscate the laptop (if they haven't already) and turn that evidence into the Aruban officials so after he serves his time in Peru he can be sent to serve the rest of his life in an Aruban prison!

    June 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • locomotive

      Oh no, not in Aruba!! He is a Dutch citizen and Aruba is a Dutch territory. He won't get any prison term there. He would love to be extradited to either Aruba or the US. The extortion crime he committed was his last resort to get out of Peru. Remember, Stephany's family is rich and famous in Peru, just like the Van der Sloots in Aruba. The best punishment for him, in my humble opinion, is throw him in a Peruvian prison and make sure the inmates there know what crime he committed and who he killed. Besides, it's more convenient for the Flores family to get the kind of justice they want in their own country, just like the kind of injustice the Van der Sloots provided in Aruba, thieir own turf!!!

      June 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
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