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Bob Lind, Published March 02 2013

Lind: Mother continues to wait for justice in son’s death

It’s been almost four years since John Lindeman was shot down in cold blood in Phoenix. But his killers still haven’t been found.

Neighbors carried his story last year, thanks to information provided by his mother, Carol Lindeman, of West Fargo.

John was a teenager in West Fargo when he became involved in drugs. But, through Narcotics Anonymous and his taking responsibility for his own well-being, he licked the addiction, then went on to help many other young people whip this thing.

He eventually got married, gained two step-daughters, settled down in Golden Valley, Ariz., held jobs, owned a coffee shop, became a grandfather.

But in 2009, as he was leaving a convenience store where he’d stopped for coffee, one or maybe more men, possibly planning to hold up the store, shot and killed him and another man. Carol says the case remains unsolved, and this disturbs her.

Neighbors contacted the Phoenix Police Department and received an emailed report from Sgt. Steve Martos.

A video surveillance at the store “captured a small portion of (a confrontation) and did not capture the actual shooting,” Martos writes.

“A number of individuals (were) involved in (an) altercation, which resulted in a homicide,” he writes.

“To date, we have not been able to identify who the suspect(s) are in this fatal shooting. Those involved have been uncooperative in providing information.

“Evidence at the scene has not provided any new leads, and third party witnesses were unable to provide anything useful to our detectives.

“Rest assured,” Martos writes, “if we were able to identify any suspect(s) in this investigation we would not hesitate to make an arrest.”

So Carol continues to wait for justice.

And waits.

And waits some more.

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