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A grandmother's grief

Micki Hobbs of Weeki Wachee was idly preparing for last weekend's Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival when she heard on Friday that her 11-year-old granddaughter, Kimberly Ann Waters, was missing. A few hours later, Polk County sheriff's deputies would find her in a trash bin a few blocks from her home outside Lakeland. While the Sheriff's Office searches for the murderer, Hobbs and her husband, Jay, remember when they were able to share their peaceful life on the river with Kimberly. She visited them in September and played non-stop with neighborhood girls in the canal by the Hobbses' house. Micki and Jay Hobbs feel great gratitude for the support they have received in recent days from neighbors and from some relatives. Mrs. Hobbs is angry, however, at her daughter's former husbands, who left her alone to raise her two children _ and at the person who killed Kimberly. "If you wonder why I'm able to keep so strong, I'm not a strong person," Mrs. Hobbs said. "I'm an angry person. It's anger that's getting me through this right now."

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