Kristen Elizabeth Charbonneau was the first child of David and Monica, born on September 27, 1980. She welcomed her first brother, Dustin into her heart on August 1, 1982. Alittle over a year later, on December 22, 1983 she had another brother, Joey to love. Kristen looked after them as if they were her own children. She was somewhat of a tomboy but loved dressing up just the same.
In August 1987 Dustin was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Kristen was young and didn't really understand the seriousnes of that diagnosis but when Dustin died on September 22, 1987 she had to face the loss of her first brother. At the same time Monica was pregnant with Alicia, Kristen's first and only sister. On October 29, 1987, only a month after Dustin died, Kristen finally got a sister and it was a special bond no one else would ever get close to. Kristen took care of Alicia and taught her all the important things she needed to know.
For many years the siblings were Kristen, Joey and Alicia. Joey naturally protected his sisters and if you hurt one of them, you had to answer to Joey. An ex boyfriend of Alicia can tell you what that was like as he answered to Joey and David for the mistreatment he had shown Alicia.
On August 16, 1996 David and Monica became new parents again. They welcome Brandon David into their family and he became everyone's "bubba." Brandon was raised by the whole family and he had the unique opportunity to have brothers and sisters that were old enough to bring him to all the fun places in the area. They all attended his school functions, yelling his name! It wasn't unusual for Kristen to walk up to the school and have lunch with Brandon a couple times a week.
Kristen was not just a dancer at a club who disappeared. She was a daughter, a sister and a friend. She was an adult but had a heart of a child. Kristen would have rather stayed a young teenager living at home. She struggled with life and the world the way it was. She was so naive it was funny. She was a loyal to her family and very close to her brothers and sister. She did not tolerate abuse against herself or anyone else.
When Kristen disappeared on August 11, 2005 the family knew something was terribly wrong for a couple of reasons. Alicia was staying with Kristen that week and Kristen looked forward to going home, cooking dinner and watching TV. Kristen's boyfriend worked out of town during the week and Kristen didn't like staying by herself in the big home. As the days went by they began to panic but held hope that Kristen would be there on the 16th..Brandon's 9th birthday. Monica and Kristen had decided to get Brandon a drum set and were planning to go shopping on Saturday. When she didn't come for his birthday that was the deciding factor that there was foul play.
The Charbonneau family found it impossible to describe the roller coaster ride since that fateful day. There are no manuals that can prepare a family for this tragedy. They had suffered the loss of a child but this was different. They did not know what had happened to Kristen. The questions of how, when, where and why could not be answered. They have spent years searching for her knowing that the answers they desperately seek are hidden in one person.....a person that refuses to admit the truth.
Kristen's father David and brother Joey were emotionally torn between seeking justice for Kristen and obeying the law of man and God. The family could not survive the loss of either one by a life sentence for doing what they believed was justified. In a twisted way this killer got lucky that the Charbonneaus have morals and values..the traits the killer of Kristen doesn't have. It's a daily struggle and who's to say if one day something changes in their hearts.
Joey struggled with his desire to avenge his sisters's murder and his own feelings of guilt for not being there for his sister. Of course none of them could have prevented this murder but Joey had lost his older brother and sister. Joey was not one to mince words and if you challenged him he would take you down in a heartbeat. And he would have done the same to Moore if given the opportunity. Joey had experienced many setbacks in his young life but his family stood by him. David and Monica described it as "they saved Joey from himself more than he did." They did this because they knew Joey's heart was good. In 2007 Joey's life turned around....he held down a full time job, was employee of the month, was dating a young lady that he had planned to marry and was staying out of trouble. Sadly on May 17, 2008 Joey was killed in a motorcycle accident. This loss devastated the Charbonneau family. How could this be that they lost Dustin, Kristen and Joey? After Joey's memorial service they spoke with a lady at the funeral home who counseled them and said that Joey suffered from survivors guilt. Joey had survived so many things in life that he felt he should be the one to die, not Dustin or Kristen. He had cheated death many times, he had been in a lot of trouble and didn't always value his own life. His guilt for surviving, not being able to find Kristen and resisting his natural instinct to go after Kristen's killer had eaten away at him.
The death of Joey made the Charbonneau family step up their efforts to find justice for Kristen. They began a campaign that would eventually lead to the arrest of Dan Moore. A reporter described it as a "witch hunt" and others believed it was unfair to target someone who had not been convicted and was still innocent. But there were also a large group of people who cheered them on, encouraged them to keep the pursuit going and swore they would do the same if it had been them. The Charbonneau family promised that the person who took Kristen's life was not going to live his life as if nothing had happened and that is just what they did.
THE CHARBONNEAU FAMILY HAS VOWED TO NEVER GIVE UP
CHARBONNEAU FAMILY...BACK ROW RIGHT TO LEFT
ALICIA GUZMAN - KRISTEN'S YOUNGER SISTER ON HER WEDDING DAY
DAVID CHARBONNEAU - KRISTEN'S FATHER
JOEY CHARBONNEAU - KRISTEN'S YOUNGER BROTHER (JOEY WAS KILLED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON MAY 17, 2008)
MONICA CHARBONNEAU - KRISTEN'S MOTHER
JAYDEN GUZMAN - ALICIA'S SON...KRISTEN'S NEPHEW
JOSE GUZMAN - ALICIA'S HUSBAND
FRONT AND CENTER - BRANDON CHARBONNEAU - KRISTEN'S YOUNGER BROTHER