The Sinthasomphone family fled Laos in March 1979 because the communists threatened to take away Mr. Sinthasomphone's rice farm in a village near the Laotian capital of Vientiane. The family made a radical escape, on boat, to a refugee camp in Thailand
At the refugee camp, the family made contact with representatives of American-based refugee relocation programs and with the help of a relocation program supported by Catholic archdiocese (essentially bishops) in Milwaukee, the family moved to the city in 1980
Their lives here have not been easy but they felt America offered much more opportunities and a better quality of life than what they had left behind in Laos, said one son, Anouke. ——
But since Konerak's remains were found in Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment, Mr. Sinthasomphone has been asking why he moved his family to America. “We don't have energy to do anything," said Anouke. "We can't sleep. We can't eat."
Sounthone, the boy's 52-year-old unemployed father, sits listlessly in the kitchen smoking cigarettes, unable to speak about his son's death. His mother, Somdy, 50, has fainted three or four times when the news arrived, family members said, and early one morning, was rushed to a local hospital by one of her sons because she was shaking uncontrollably. His four brothers and three sisters have existed in a numb world in which they quietly reflect about their brother.
Konerak Sinthasomphone’s Father said: “I escaped the communists and now this happens. Why? I didn't think something like this would ever happen.” •Rest in Peace Konerak ❤️ You were too young,, you will always be missed
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