Mollie Tibbetts relative says commenters are spreading 'racist, false narrative'

Alex Ivanisevic
The Des Moines Register
Mollie Tibbetts, 20, of Brooklyn, was last seen jogging on July 18, 2018 before her body was found in farm field one month later.

A relative of Mollie Tibbetts spoke forcefully online Friday against the political rhetoric surrounding the Iowa woman's killing.

Sandi Tibbetts Murphy expressed her desire to "reclaim our Mollie"  from those using her as part of their "racist, false narrative."

"Mollie was killed, and a man has been arrested and charged with her murder," she wrote. "Yes, that man is an immigrant to this country, with uncertainty as to his legal status. But it matters not."

Murphy said those casting blame should instead focus on the accused killer's "sense of male entitlement." 

"We must be willing to address the way we raise our boys and young men, so that violence is not a part of their response to this world," she wrote.

"It is not your right to exacerbate this grievous act by hijacking Mollie and all she believed with your racist fear-mongering. You do not get to use her murder to inaccurately promote your 'permanently separated' hyperbole. You do not have permission to callously use this tragedy to demonize an entire population for the acts of one man.

"No. We reclaim our Mollie."

Recent coverage of the disappearance and death of Mollie Tibbetts