RICHMOND, R.I. — Cindy and John Duncan celebrated Christmas 2005 with their four children in traditional fashion: gifts opened by the tree, services at church, festive food on the table. It was a fitting end to another year at their home on Harvest Acres Farm.

As Christmas ended, thoughts turned to the next day, when the family would celebrate the holiday at Cindy’s mother’s house. The parents kissed their only daughter, Cassandra Grace, 14, and told her, as they always did, that they loved her. She seemed the same caring, kind “sweetheart,” as her family called her.

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