Right after the shooting, the West Valley City Police Department was very tight-lipped about the Willard case. Little information from the department spurred rallies where people, including her father, demanded “Justice for Danielle.”
"We haven't heard anything. No records have been released and lot of question marks now,” said Willard’s father Fred Willard.
And then they waited months for this day when the district attorney released his findings into the shooting death of Willard. Gill confirmed the family's sentiments that the shooting was not justified.
Today, her friends and family felt some sense of relief. In a statement, Willard’s mother Melissa Kennedy
I am not going to speculate to what their motivation was. I can tell you based on the forensic evidence and information that we have that the story we are being presented is not corroborated."
And that sparked Willard's m'other, Melissa Kennedy, to release a statement saying, "On behalf of Danielle's family we appreciate District Attorney Sim Gill's investigative findings that Danielle's killing was not justified. The findings confirm what we have always known-Danielle was murdered.
An outpouring of support flooded the "Justice for Danielle Willard' Facebook Page. Kassidy Baker wrote, “Congrats on this important victory for Danielle, Melissa, our community, and justice! Nothing will bring her back, but at least someone will finally be held accountable! Great news.”
Megan Long added, “I am glad that justice is being done but I am sad that it was at the expense of Dee Dee....We all love and miss you and the truth and justice will come out in the end.”
And Jamie Anne Owen says, “…so happy for you! Only sad because nothing will bring her back but it sounds like justice is going to be served! Your daughter was murdered and there is no excuse!!”
Kennedy says this ruling is just the beginning and District Attorney Sim Gill agreed. But there's no timeline for if or when those two detectives might face criminal charges.