CLINTON — It would be easy to want vengeance. It would be easy to feel anger. It would be easy to hate.
Those attitudes wouldn't honor Sarah and Suzy, the family said.
"They were so compassionate," Mary said. "They were the first ones to give someone the benefit of the doubt. They believed in second chances and they would want us to forgive.
"They would want us to move on and not waste time hating whoever did this."
A life of service
It wasn't always easy for Sarah and Suzy.
They struggled. At times, there were serious struggles with mental health.
That didn't deter them. They coped and eventually used those trials as launching pads for successful careers.
"They both overcame it," Jack said. "In Sarah's case, she overcame it and became an outstanding doctor. She's a symbol that people shouldn't give up on their dreams or on their lives or on their selves if they do have mental illness or depression."
Sarah graduated from Clinton High School, and eventually earned a Masters of Public Health in 2004 and a MD from the University of Iowa in 2007. She recently completed her residency of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
A career in medicine wasn't always in Sarah's sights.
It wasn't until late in college that she decided she would enter the medical field. Despite being later to the field, it didn't diminish her aptitude toward psychiatry.
"She was 26 years old and started taking calculus and organic biology," older brother John said.
At one point, a professor was so delighted with one of Sarah's responses to a calculus question, the teacher posted the answer on the door for all the students to see.