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The Kin of Human

Is it possible to die from a broken heart? If so, it would not seem unlikely for this remarkable mother and wife to show such symptoms, for how near to a shatter must she be. As she considers the courage and vigor of her husband, James, she surely has come to know he is a hero. As she thinks of his last hours, and reflects on the pain and fear that inevitably must have stalked him, there can be no doubt that beating within her warm and safe chest is a torn and fractured heart.


 James Kim, his wife, Kati (nset), and their children, Penelope and Sabine. James Kim, his wife, Katie (inset), children Penelope and Sabine. Picture from

A senior US technology journalist and his family


2:44 p.m. December 7, 2006

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A San Francisco man who died in the snowy mountains of Southern Oregon after leaving his family to seek help was found in a shallow creek, dead of hypothermia, authorities said Thursday.Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police said James Kim, 35, was found Wednesday, fully clothed, on his back in Big Windy Creek near the Rogue River. Read the entire article here.

Read here of the hunch of a volunteer pilot that led to the locating of the mother and children.

Edit 7:00 pm Another moving account is here.

Edit 12/8 1:00 pm  Here is a link to an excellent discussion of this saga.

This story, that I first read about on Scoblitzer’s thread (and here on his latest on Kim), has penetrated also my heart, for this family is of my kin. Oh, we don’t share a family name, or culture, perhaps, or recent history. Yet I insist we are kin; they are my family, for of the same race are we—are we all—that of the human race.

May peace and comfort be hers.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

6 replies on “The Kin of Human”

Yes, Gene and Maria, this truly is a moving story. From all reports, Mr. Kim was a wonderful husband and father. This has tremendously saddened me. Life is so unfair, with such blows and disappointments. Only in Jesus and in our preparation for life after this, can we be totally secure.

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This story stirs deeply. In thought, I have put myself in his shoes and can’t imagine the gamut of emotion Mr. Kim faced as he hunted for a way out. In his care were people he loved so deeply. I consider his desperate trek away from his family heroic. He had no idea whether they would ever be discovered. He did what he could and gave his life in the attempt. There is no greater love than that.


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