Friends of ‘Making a Murderer’ victim shine light on her, not her convicted killers

In the wake of the attention being given to Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey because of the Netflix series “Making a Murderer”, friends of their victim,Teresa Halbach are speaking out for her.

Anyone who knew Teresa Halbach, will tell you the same thing: She was a vibrant young woman with a zest for life and a great smile. And now that some are questioning the guilt of the men who killed her, those who knew Teresa Halbach are trying to honor and remember the woman who was taken too soon.

There are still blue ribbons and hearts made of lights on homes and businesses in the Hilbert-Sherwood area where Teresa Halbach lived and was part of the community. The symbols honor the woman with the smile that would light up a room.

College friend Janet Willer says, “She was just always happy, always smiling. Just the kind of person you wanted to be friends with when you were in college. That’s the best way I could describe her, just a really great solid person.”

And that’s why the attention and to some extent sympathy being offered to the men who are convicted of killing her, because of the Netflix series, is so upsetting to those who knew Teresa Halbach.

Andy Behrendt was a college friend who worked on the UWGB college newspaper with Halbach. He says, “I just can’t get past how badly I feel for her family, with all of this coming up again 10 years later and just the ultimate sadness over the death of a person who had a lot to give the world and didn’t get a chance to give it.”

The life Teresa Halbach lived and the one she would have lived is how those who knew her say they’re remembering her, focusing on the fun woman she was – not the tragic way she died.

“I don’t know her as the deceased or the victim or something,” says former college classmate Chris Nerat. “She was a great girl. She was outgoing and she was normal. She surrounded her herself around great people because she was a great person herself.”

Those who know the Halbach family says they are sickened by the Netflix series and the attention that’s come with it.

The Halbachs had previously released a statement that said in part, “Having just passed the 10-year anniversary of the death of our daughter and sister, Teresa, we are saddened to learn that individuals and corporations continue to create entertainment and to seek profit from our loss. We continue to hope that the story of Teresa’s life brings goodness to the world.”

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