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. Shauna R

    What a kind thing to say... so selfless. At a time where her daughter's where abouts are still unkown and unaccounted for, to think of someone else, so kind... I hope that both families find some sort of peace from this... knowing that this monster is behind bars and will probably not make it out alive. May God bless them all... especially the girls and may he have mercy on that monster's soul

    June 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lol

    joecoool is an epic troll.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    Can't wait until the reporters head back to Aruba and try to interview the judges and attorneys there who let this guy go this first time, and all his friends who covered for him. This girl's blood is on their hands and much as it's on Joran's.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. FastSRT8

    Joran Van der GOOF deserves all he gets. I hope he gets to rot in an infested cell and may he be given the gift of cowardice and NOT take his own life so he can suffer fully his punishment

    June 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JKP

    Her blood is on Aruba's hands.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cranky

    So, two that we know of. I wonder how many more victims that have crossed his path. Sure seems like we have a serial killer on our hands.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alisha

    You all making the rude comments should be ashamed of yourselves. There are two families suffering because of this guy who is cruel and heartless (a down right monster) and instead of having sympathy for them you want to make rude and nasty comments. I hope you can rest easy at night...
    Juicey27 people allow their children to go on these graduation trips and stuff and there are adults but kids will be kids and sometimes they don't realize that they are in danger. You are something else to judge others and be so harsh!

    June 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juicey27

      @yeaaa . . LMAO luv where ur heads @ yo

      June 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      What comes around goes around– wait until it happens to them– then they may feel very differently.

      It is truly amazing how ignorant and insensitive people are when they are hiding behind an anonymous login. If we were all sitting in person in a room, I wonder if Juicey27, Joecooool, and Paul would have the gall to spew their ludicrous comments at the victims and their families, or at those of us who support and empathize with them. I doubt they would– that kind of bullying crap is the kind of behavior we always see from cowards.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juicey27

      @Mel . . . Why not? I strongly believe that this is bad parenting. ARUBA is for partying. Letting your CHILD, as she was, go into a forgein country to party is just dumb. FB me if you want. I have nothing to hide.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juicey27

      @Mel . . . . its an opinion I have !! moron

      June 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      Juicey, you are a massive troll, and if we were face to face, I'd love to see how brave you'd be in insulting me or anyone else on here. You are obviously just looking for attention, and don't deserve any more attention for your snide, childish, and stupid remarks.

      The real issue here is the suffering of innocents, and if you think bad parenting is involved that's certainly your uninformed opinion. Whether parenting was the issue or not is beside the point anyway. No family deserves to lose a child to a violent crime, the only one at fault is the Van Der Sloot and anyone who helped him.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juicey27

      @MEL . . . So it's good parenting is what your saying. that is moronic. PARENTING is the huge underlying issue here.

      June 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      Yes, actually, I think Natalee's parents did a way better job than Joran's did. By your twisted logic, if a child has experienced bad parenting, then they deserve to be a victim of violent crime. Natalee didn't go around killing people, and she was plenty old enough to be trusted to go on a school-supervised trip. She was a high-school senior. The school chose to go to Aruba, which bills itself not just as a party destination but as a place for families. It's not like they were taking the class trip to the Congo or the middle or Iran, where violence is much more prevalent. No, they went to a popular tourist destination. Before Natalee, why would anyone expect to suffer such a fate in a place like Aruba?

      Additionally, Beth Holloway has used her influence to make a resource center to help other victims of violent crime. Joran's father paid off the Aruban authorities and used his influence to sweep the whole matter under the mat.

      June 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Really Juicey?

    I believe Stephany was in her own country, in her hometown. So now 18 year olds can't go out at all in their town? And unfortunately, if it wasn't Natalee in Aruba, it probably would have been someone else. The only reason these two girls are no longer alive is that Joran was walking the earth, not that they left their house.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juicey27

      @Really Juicey . . . I totally get what you are saying. I'm only speaking of natalee. And I agree, it's 100% tragic. This kid is a monster. We all need to watch out for monsters.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patty

    Police should be able to trick these monsters into telling the truth offer them some sweethart deal then renig once they get they get the confessions they need. Who cares about their freakin rights they are sick soles who need not be among us period.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jules

    OMG how dare you, just go away, spare the rest of us your philosophy, you I pray have no or never will have any children...how easy it is to sit and criticize, shame on you and god forgive you...I pray every day I have raised my children right and taught them to make the right choices..end of the day, they have to make the right ones...god help us all

    June 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juicey27

      @Jules . .. It's bad parenting. And keep GOD out of this!! moron, you have no intelligent comment to add to the discussion?? pathetic

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

      Juicey27, well isn't that the pot calling the kettle pot? You have yet to contribute anything intelligent to this thread except for your obnoxious "bad parenting" theory. For anyone that debates your theory, you repeat yourself like a broken record instead of expanding on your "theory" with facts rather than your substandard opinions.

      June 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shamrock6

    Come on Juicey! I even spelled "GRAMMAR" wrong so you would say something back. Oh that's right...you can't spell.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juicey27

      Stick to the issue SON. I don't care about your spelling . . ..fool

      June 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kin

    Kin we all just get along ?

    June 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul

    Mrs. Holloway is a phony and a fake!!!
    She has done nothing but make tv appearances, "dance" around President Bush when he signed the Natalee bill, remember???
    She even wrote a book on the experience and made nothing but $$$$$$$.... If it weren't for her daughter;s death she'd be broke! What a joke!

    I don't feel sorry for any of the family....They've done nothing but get their faces on the tv cameras.

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

      Paul, the family did NOTHING? They lost a child! For no reason whatsoever, they lost a daughter. They're getting the word out about her being missing and if anyone had seen her.
      How insensitive.

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

      Seriously? Paul, have you ever lost someone you love, or a close family member? You are unbelievable.

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

      Your comment tells me you're a horrible excuse for a human being. Until you walk in someone's shoes, you don't know what you would do if your daughter wound up missing in a foreign country....do you know what the word "empathy" means? Your comment tells me you do not.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJC

      WOW...this post really blew me away. This is the most ignorant thing I have read in a long time. Her daughter has been missing for 5 years and you want to criticize someone for being on tv? I don't believe for a second that they used the press coverage to benefit themselves unless you consider trying to reach every person you can around the world to help find your daughter or find out what happened to your daughter, is somehow of personal benefit to their family? I would never want to live my life not knowing what happened to the person I gave birth to and raised for 18 years. It would be the most heartbreaking feeling and to continually have to wonder if somehow, somewhere your daughter may be alive or just having the peace at night to be able to sleep at least having some kind of closure knowing how your daughter died or what monster killed her. You may not agree with how she handled it but for you to be so insensitive to say they are using her daughter, is very troubling. Unless you are psychic, you have no idea the pain and grief that are in the hearts of these victims families, so please stop spewing your nasty hatred.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sylvia

      Beth Holloway did nothing?? Have you been reading or watching the news or living under a stone?? She left no stone unturned in Aruba. Tirelessly she searched for her daughter Natalee, when Aruban authorities did NOTHING.And when she finally had to go back to Alabama, she continued relentlessly searching for her beloved daughter. And even wrote a book on that subject. Paul van da Sloot covered up his monster son Joran's tracks. Paul, as a judge in training in Aruba, had a lot of influence in the legal system. Even when this monstrous brute Joran confessed to a Dutch TV reporter, that confessions was found to be "illegal" and "false." Now another young beautiful girl had to lose her life at the hands of the evil SOB Joran, thanks to the Aruban authorities and Mr and Mrs, Van da Sloot. How do you feel now Mrs Van da Sloot? Have you rushed to be at the side of your monstrous son? Well, I am a mother of 4 sons, and I can tell you all, that if one of them was guilty of murdering anyone, I would certainly be the first to turn him in. So keep your garbage opinion to yourself, Paul.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Can'tbelievethis

      Geez Paul, I really hope you never have to face losing a child. Everyone grieves differently and Natalee's mom did, and still does, what she feels is the best way to honor her daughter. If she makes a zillion dollars off her book – good for her. It enables her to not have to work so she can do public awareness about these kinds of issues.

      June 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stefany

      Being a mother myself, I can assure you if she could give up everything she ever had or would ever had to bring her daughter back she definately would.

      June 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I have to join the "Paul is a moron" parade. Do you have any idea the costs this family must have endured during the search for their daughter. the cost of lawyers in the US and Aruba? I can't begin to fathom the debt that the grief stricken parents must have endured to try to get to the bottom of this, find their daughter, and bring her home. Unfortunately that still hasn't happened. Hopefully now Van Der Sloot will open up and let the Halloways know where Natalie is. Yeah Paul, you are a moron.

      June 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yeaaaa

    juicey is prolly some old woman that trying to act young with "juicey" written on ass of her pants

    June 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. yeaaaa

    noone is really on your side

    June 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
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