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  • Nancy Kalinowski wipes a tear after talking about her daughter, Holly Staker, who was murdered in 1992.

    Nancy Kalinowski wipes a tear after talking about her daughter, Holly Staker, who was murdered in 1992.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Mike Kalinowski, stepfather of Holly Staker, speaks about the release of Juan Rivera on Friday. Rivera was convicted of Holly's 1992 rape and murder and has spent 19 years in prison until his conviction was overturned by the state appellate court last month.

    Mike Kalinowski, stepfather of Holly Staker, speaks about the release of Juan Rivera on Friday. Rivera was convicted of Holly's 1992 rape and murder and has spent 19 years in prison until his conviction was overturned by the state appellate court last month.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Nancy Kalinowski on Friday shows albums filled with photographs of her daughter, Holly Staker, who was murdered in 1992.

    Nancy Kalinowski on Friday shows albums filled with photographs of her daughter, Holly Staker, who was murdered in 1992.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Nancy Kalinowski, mother of Holly Staker, and Mike Kalinowski, stepfather, talk about their daughter at their home in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., as a news station broadcasts video of the release of Juan Rivera from Stateville State Prison on Friday. Rivera was convicted of Holly's 1992 rape and murder, and spent 19 years in prison before his conviction was overturned by the state appellate court last month.

    Nancy Kalinowski, mother of Holly Staker, and Mike Kalinowski, stepfather, talk about their daughter at their home in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., as a news station broadcasts video of the release of Juan Rivera from Stateville State Prison on Friday. Rivera was convicted of Holly's 1992 rape and murder, and spent 19 years in prison before his conviction was overturned by the state appellate court last month.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Nancy Kalinowski, mother of Holly Staker, and Mike Kalinowski, stepfather, talk about the release of Juan Rivera, who was convicted of Holly's 1992 rape and murder.

    Nancy Kalinowski, mother of Holly Staker, and Mike Kalinowski, stepfather, talk about the release of Juan Rivera, who was convicted of Holly's 1992 rape and murder.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Nancy Kalinowski, mother of Holly Staker and Mike Kalinowski, stepfather, talk about the release of Juan Rivera, at their home in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., on Friday. Rivera was convicted of Holly's 1992 murder and spent 19 years in prison before his conviction was overturned last month.

    Nancy Kalinowski, mother of Holly Staker and Mike Kalinowski, stepfather, talk about the release of Juan Rivera, at their home in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., on Friday. Rivera was convicted of Holly's 1992 murder and spent 19 years in prison before his conviction was overturned last month.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Holly Staker

    Holly Staker

 
 

In Mike and Nancy Kalinowski's memories, an 11-year-old girl scampers up the stairs at home after school, laughing and singing Mariah Carey songs. "Holly was a little girl, an innocent little girl," Nancy says of her daughter, Holly Staker, who was savagely murdered on Aug. 17, 1992.

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