The Racine Interfaith Coalition will be leading a prayer vigil for homicide victim Sandra Teichow on Thursday.
The candlelight vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday in the area of West Sixth Street and Mound Avenue west of the railroad bridge, according to the group.
Teichow’s body was found Thursday in a wooded area south of the intersection of West Sixth Street and Mound Avenue.
Updated 9:30am 10/17/2010
The woman who was found earlier this week deceased in the woods, was much more than a murder victim. Much more than just a story, a crime scene or a devastating conversation. Sandra Teichow was a teacher, a humanitarian, a world traveler, a mother and a wife. It is clear by the information I have read on her FACEBOOK page and newspaper articles (which I will list below) that she was a person of many talents, joys and wishes.
When this murder was first reported, someone on my Facebook page said that usually in these situations, the victim is part of the problem. Hanging out with seedy characters, committing illegal or dangerous acts is what he thought may be the reason for this unknown female’s death.
Well, Mrs. Teichow sadly proved him wrong. From her charity efforts to her teaching resume, this woman was clearly a pillar of society who lived a life for which we should all strive. Being in her 60s was clearly not slowing her down as she recently traveled around the world. Perhaps, God…or whatever force or higher being you may chose to believe in…wanted to share her qualities with as many people as possible before she was to be taken from this world. From Guatemala to Belarus…I am sure her smile is recognized by random individuals across the globe.
Teichow spent much of her life as a humanitarian bettering the lives of those less fortunate around the world. Teaching in many underdeveloped countries is how she spent much of her time.
Many are shocked and agonized over this loss. Sandra’s light clearly helped, eluminated, and brought joy to many. She dedicated her life to simply doing good and caring for others. In fact, as a sad but fitting irony, Mrs. Teichow was in Racine that fateful day for charity purposes.
When I read about people like Sandra, having never met her; having never known of her, I feel the desire to change my life to some degree. I want to do better, be better. I come to the knowledge within of who we are and what our purpose truly is – to love, to teach, to grow. Sandra seems to be one of the few in this world who found that enlightened path and went forth without inhibition, fear, or doubt. She made action out of what are merely fleeting thoughts to most of us. That truly inspires me.
My heart goes out to her family and to the people whose lives were touched by Sandra. Their pain is inconceivable. We all have questions about this devastating crime. And I can say for myself that I hope the guilty person is caught and punished severely.
So often in Racine, we read about victims who were killed during drug deals or drive-bys. Victims who were not exactly innocent themselves. So the public begins to adorn a callus-like Armour and so many of us have become desensitized. But because of this, we lose our compassion, our empathy and our humanity. Sandra reminds me that victims never deserve this kind of fate regardless of what occurred. Sandra reminds me that wonderful people die by the hand of others all of the time. And Sandra also reminds me to hold my family near because we never truly know when life will be cut short.
Sandra Teichow left this world in a tragic, difficult and very heartbreaking way. But she did more when she was here than most of us hope for. She touched more than most of us will meet. She lived a thousand lives comparablyy. For that, I know her loved ones must be so proud. But also for that, her loved ones must sense such loss. Let her death not be vain. Let her life show us the way in which to live.
Rest in peace Mrs. Teichow…I am sure you will find much to do where you are now…