Berit Beck's memory honored with concert, scholarship

CREATED May 5, 2014

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RACINE - A mother and father's wish for their daughter's killer to be brought to justice, may be closer to becoming reality. Berit Beck's parents think the cold case is close to being solved.

The 18-year-old from Sturtevant disappeared in July of 1990. Her body was found in a ditch in Waupun six weeks later.
 
It's been 24 years, and still no one is in jail for her death. But Berit's parents, Diane and David, are not bitter. They also haven't given-up. Instead, they're trying to help others, like their daughter would have wanted.
 
Every year, they award music scholarships to local students. The annual Berit Beck Music Memorial was held Monday night at Case High School in Racine. It's a small way for Diane and David to remember their daughter's beautiful voice. 
 
"She loved to sing and play the piano," Diane says. "And it's nice because many of the kids we've awarded scholarships to have kept in touch over the years. When I see how far they've taken their music, I always think, maybe that's what Berit would have done with her music career."
 
The pain of losing her, has not healed with time. "It becomes a different kind of hurt," Diane describes. "She has nephews who ask questions about her all the time. They never got a chance to know her. They would have loved her, and she would have cherished them."
 
Now, a review of old evidence is fostering new hope in solving Berit's murder. Police have named Dennis Brantner, 60, their prime suspect. The Kenosha County truck driver has not been arrested or charged, but the Beck's believe some sense of closure could finally be on the way.
 
"Every day I wake up, I still think, today might be the day we get answers," Diane says. "It's been a long time coming. I think it's time some dues are paid."
 
"Justice will prevail," David adds. "It's just a matter of time."