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Widow of Ron Kirby still grieving husband's death, remembers happy memories

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The revelation by Alexandria police in the murder investigation of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato has put a renewed focus on the decade-old murder of Nancy Dunning and last November's murder of transportation planner Ronald Kirby.

On Thursday, Kirby’s widow spoke with FOX 5 about her husband’s death.

On March 11, it will be just four months to the day that Kirby was gunned down in the home he shared for years with his wife, Anne Gray Haynes.

She told us she is still very much grieving and overwhelmed with the loss of her husband -- even as she tries to process this latest revelation from police.

“The police chief was really nice because I get really upset,” said Haynes. “It's not even been four months since Ron was killed, so he came up to me and gave me his condolences and said they were working really hard and I believe they are.”

She was among a group of family members who met privately with Alexandria's police chief before he announced a possible link between the murder of her husband and the homicides of Lodato and Dunning.

Then Haynes returned to the house she shared with Kirby before his life was cut short in November.

“I keep thinking I'm going to come home and he'll be here or he’ll come in the door and greet the dog,” she said.

But since the house is quiet, she surrounds herself with photos of the life she and Kirby built together over more than 20 years.

“For me, it's the positive part of our lives,” Haynes said. “Thinking about his death and how he died and all that is really hard for me.”

Haynes is meticulously recording details in photo albums of the early relationship she had with Kirby to their wedding in 2012.

“When our real estate agent spoke at the funeral, she said she could really tell there was something really special about us and I think there was,” she said. “I loved him very much and I still do.”

Like the rest of the community, Haynes said she would love to know what happened to her beloved husband, Lodato and Dunning. But even with this latest announcement, she doesn't think those answers will be easy to come by.

“I don’t know. I think it's really like looking for a needle in a haystack,” said Haynes.

There is also only so much answers will do for her at this point.

“It's not bringing Ron back,” she said. “I might be able to find out what happened, but that's about it.”

So while the investigation continues and the community remains on guard, Haynes chooses to revel in love-filled photos and celebrate precious memories.

“For me, it's looking at pictures of him having a good time and smiling at me in different poses,” Haynes said. “Those are the things that validate the time I had with him and that's important for me.”

There is a $20,000 community reward fund for tips leading to an arrest in Kirby's case and a $100,000 reward for the capture of Nancy Dunning's killer.

Haynes says her one hope is that the community will continue to keep coming forward with tips -- no matter how small. She believes that is what will truly end up helping police solve this case.

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