Sunday, January 28, 2018
Jalen Vaden to Jayda Kyle's father: I pray that you know I didn't do this to her
Though the probable cause statement submitted by the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney's office says Vaden confessed to committing the abuse that led to Jayda Kyle's death, the letter to Mac Kyle, obtained and verified by the Turner Report, tells a different story.
"I've prayed for you everyday since I got to this hell hole," Vaden said. "I pray that you know I didn't do this to J."
Vaden expresses his admiration for Kyle, who was someone he looked up to when he attended Webb City schools, according to the letter. Kyle was a star athlete and a black role model in a heavily white community, who offered Vaden strongly-worded advice on avoiding drugs after a mutual friend died.
Much of the letter was spent detailing to Kyle how much Jayda and her brother loved their father.
"Here you are again, blessing my life because you made two of the most beautiful kids I ever laid eyes on."
Those children told Jalen stories of being with their father, he wrote and in return, he recounted the memories he had of Mac Kyle. "I'd tell them about watching you play sports. They always wanted to hear more and more. There isn't a bad thing anyone could say about you to them."
Jalen wrote about how being with Mac Kyle's children and his own son had turned him into a better person.
"They were teaching me way more than I thought I was teaching them. They softened my heart and showed me what real love is."
In the conclusion to his letter, Vaden told Kyle, "I pray for your peace and strength. I don't want to pretend like I know you so well, but the thing I do know, I know you've been through a lot in life to say the absolute very least. I have no words, nor are there any."
Vaden said he knew each day was a challenge for Kyle, but that he had to "keep pushing' for his other child. "He needs you more than ever now."
Vaden added, "Those babies were my life and I have you to thank for that."
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