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Offbeat Some of Mollie Tibbetts' family don't want her death politicized

17:26  23 august  2018
17:26  23 august  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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But some of Tibbetts ’ family members, including her aunt, Billie Jo Calderwood, say they don ’ t want her death to be used for political leverage. At a vigil for Tibbetts in Iowa City on Wednesday, a friend of the 20-year-old said she didn’ t want the tragedy to be politicized . “I also know what Mollie stood

Some relatives of Mollie Tibbetts are pushing back against politicians who are blaming the country's immigration system for the Iowa college student's But some of Tibbetts ' family members, including her aunt, Billie Jo Calderwood, say they don ' t want her death to be used for political leverage.

mollie tibbetts: An undocumented immigrant has been charged in the murder of Mollie Tibbetts. © family photo An undocumented immigrant has been charged in the murder of Mollie Tibbetts.

Some relatives of Mollie Tibbetts are pushing back against politicians who are blaming the country's immigration system for the Iowa college student's death.

A body believed to be Tibbetts' was found on Tuesday, a month after she went missing during an evening jog. The man arrested in her death is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico.

President Donald Trump and other Republican politicians have highlighted the case to argue for stricter enforcement of immigration laws.

But some of Tibbetts' family members, including her aunt, Billie Jo Calderwood, say they don't want her death to be used for political leverage.

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Some relatives of Mollie Tibbetts are pushing back against politicians who are blaming the country's immigration system for the Iowa college student's death .

Some relatives of Mollie Tibbetts are pushing back against politicians who are blaming the country's immigration system for the Iowa college student's death . Tibbetts ' immediate family released a statement Tuesday focusing on their grief and gratitude. "Our hearts are broken.

"I don't want Mollie's memory to get lost amongst politics," Calderwood told CNN, emphasizing that she's speaking only for herself.

She said her family received an outpouring of love from people of all races, religions and ethnicities during the search for her niece.

"It's not about race, it's about people joining together to do good," said Calderwood, who posted a similar message on Facebook.

One of Tibbetts' second cousins, Samantha Lucas, also told CNN she wants Tibbetts' death removed from political discussion.

Lucas said she didn't know her second cousin well, and isn't speaking for the whole family. But she says she knows enough about Tibbetts to believe "she would not want this to be used as fuel against undocumented immigrants."

Vice President Mike Pence tells family of Mollie Tibbetts: 'You're on the hearts of every American'

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The killing of Mollie Cecilia Tibbetts , a University of Iowa student, took place in the United States in 2018. Tibbetts disappeared on July 18, 2018, while jogging near her home in Brooklyn, Iowa.

Some relatives of Mollie Tibbetts are pushing back against politicians who are blaming the country's immigration system for the Iowa college student's But some of Tibbetts ' family members, including her aunt, Billie Jo Calderwood, say they don ' t want her death to be used for political leverage.

CNN contacted Lucas after she pushed back against people on social media who mentioned Tibbetts as they railed against illegal immigration.

Few of Tibbetts' relatives have spoken publicly on the issue. In a statement released Wednesday, Tibbetts' family said it was grateful for the outpouring of love and support it has received from people around the world.

The statement didn't mention immigration.

At a vigil for Tibbetts in Iowa City on Wednesday, a friend of the 20-year-old said she didn't want the tragedy to be politicized.

"I also know what Mollie stood for ... and she would not approve," the friend, Breck Goodman, said. "So I don't want her death to be used as propaganda. I don't want her death to be used for more prejudice and for more discrimination, and I don't think she would want that, either."

CNN's Dianne Gallagher, Eric Levenson and Alanne Orjoux contributed to this report.

Mollie Tibbetts was 'nobody's victim,' her dad says in powerful eulogy .
The dad of the University of Iowa student, killed while on a run, wanted to instead celebrate "something wonderful."During a eulogy Sunday for his 20-year-old daughter, Rob Tibbetts recognized a couple who had gotten married a day earlier and asked them to stand because "that's what Mollie would have done.

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