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Grocery worker ‘knew everybody,’ parents recall

– The parents of a 20-year-old woman shot to death while working at an Elkhart grocery store say they don’t know whether their daughter knew her killer.

Krystle Dikes’ parents, Juanita Whitacre of Bristol and Shaun Dikes of Shipshewana, spoke Saturday about their daughter, who police say was killed Wednesday night along with shopper Rachelle Godfread, 44, by 22-year-old gunman Shawn Walter Bair. Bair was fatally shot by police moments later.

Whitacre and Shaun Dikes said their daughter made friends easily, but they don’t know whether she knew Bair, though the two had attended Elkhart Central High School.

“It’s entirely possible she knew him. She knew everybody, it seemed like,” Whitacre said. “But as far as any prior relationship, we have no clue.”

Whitacre said she had lunch with her daughter on Wednesday, the day Krystle Dikes was killed.

“We talked about jobs. We talked about boys. We talked about school. We talked about all the things moms talk about with their daughters,” Whitacre said Saturday. “We talked about her possibly going to live with her grandpa or living with her father or me. We talked all the possibilities she had.”

Those possibilities came to an end hours later. Police say Bair entered Martin’s Super Market about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and about a half-hour later fatally shot Dikes as she stocked shelves and Godfread as she shopped.

Police have said they have no motive.

Dikes her GED and lived in Muncie for a while but moved back to northern Indiana recently after getting the job at Martin’s.

Her father was asked how he finds strength to go on.

“I don’t think you do,” he said. “You just keep putting a foot forward. Because I don’t feel very strong right now.”

Whitacre said the shock and grief remain raw.

“I’m still falling apart in waves,” she said.