Family of murdered Lawrence man speaks out

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The family of murdered Lawrence man Harold Sasko spoke out for the first time Monday. Police have charged 19-year-old Sarah McLinn in his murder.

Harold Sasko's brother Glenn Sasko, who lives in Florida, said he was extremely concerned about the relationship between his brother and McLinn. Glenn said his brother took McLinn in because he said she was going through difficult times.

"To me, I think he saw it as a project to fix, to help to make better," Glenn said.

He said his brother had troubling conversations with McLinn.

"The last time I saw him was in June and he was telling me some of the darker things but he didn't make it sound like they were having problems," he said.

On Monday, McLinn's pastor at St. David's Episcopal Church in Topeka, Kan., issued the following statement:

The announcement of pending criminal charges relating to Sarah Gonzalez McLinn is disturbing and shocking.  I, as rector, and the people of St. David's Church, will continue to provide pastoral support and prayer to the family, and I will be available to Sarah once she is returned to Kansas.  Out of respect for the family, and their need for privacy at this time, no further comments will be made unless directed by them.  We urge everyone to pray for this very sad situation and for all involved.

Sasko has a 17-year-old daughter. Glenn said she is in an emotional coma right now as she struggles to deal with the brutal death of her father.

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