“Ever done one of these before?” Ortega said.
“A few times when I was in patrol,” Drew said, “with accident victims.”
Ortega nodded. “Not to belittle those experiences, this is a little different. You never know how people will react.”
“I know,” Drew said. “I remember the day the cops came to our house to notify my mother of my sister’s murder.”
He looked at Drew. “Your sister was a homicide victim?” he said. “Did they get the killer?”
“It was eighteen years ago,” Drew said. “He was a neighbor, a guy six years older than my sister. He was a stalker, a Fatal Attraction type thing.”
“What happened to him?” Ortega said.
“He got twenty years,” Drew said. “The prosecutor gave him a plea deal in return for a confession. He’s still inside, up at Pelican Bay. For a few more years, anyway.”
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