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Chelsea King's family plans to move back to Illinois

June 18, 2010 | 10:27 pm

The parents and brother of 17-year-old Chelsea King, who was strangled in February when she went out for a run, announced Friday that they plan to return to Naperville, Ill., where they lived for 10 years before moving to Poway, north of San Diego.

Brent and Kelly King said they want their teenage son, Tyler, to be able to live more anonymously in a familiar place where he has a close-knit group of friends.

"As certain as we are that we have made the right decision, it did not come easily and without trepidation," the family wrote. "Our San Diego community has cradled us in the darkest time of our lives and made it possible for us to put one foot in front of the other in a moment when it felt utterly impossible."

The Kings said their Chelsea’s Light Foundation will remain based in San Diego in donated office space. They plan to keep a second residence in the city and commute monthly. The family’s letter was posted on the foundation’s Facebook page.

Chelsea vanished while jogging near Lake Hodges. Evidence found two days later led investigators to registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III. He pleaded guilty to murdering Chelsea and Amber Dubois, 14, who had disappeared a year earlier while walking to school. Gardner was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The King family is pressing for "Chelsea's Law," a bill moving through the state Legislature that would give one-strike life sentences to violent sex offenders who attack minors and require lifetime GPS monitoring for other sex criminals.

-- John Hoeffel

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