Chelsea King's parents said thank you on Wednesday for the love and support from thousands of San Diegans.
The body of Brent and Kelly King's daughter was found early in March in Rancho Bernardo Community Park. Convicted sex offender John Gardner III has been charged with her murder and is also being investigated in connection to the death of Escondido teenager Amber Dubois, who was last seen in February 2009. Her body was found a short time after searchers located Chelsea.
The Kings said Wednesday that they get strength and energy from the cards and letters that have filled their mailbox everyday since their daughter was slain.
"It's stuffed every day," Kelly said. "We have people -- they don't know our address or the P.O. Box. They're sending it to 'Care of Chelsea's Light in Poway, CA,' and it's all reaching us."
"We received one from a group of runners in Connecticut, and they said, 'Every day we're going to run, for the month, and we're going to think about your daughter," Brent said.
In their first local interview since thousands of people honored Chelsea at a memorial service in Poway, her parents said the days since Chelsea's murder are a nonstop journey of pain that is softened only by gestures of love and support from friends and strangers.
"We're holding up, through the strength and guidance of our daughter and this community and the changes we want to make," Brent said. "In our private moments, we don't hold up."
"I get asked a lot, you know, 'When you wake up in the morning,' you know, 'what's it like?' " Kelly said. "It's not changed. It's the same, waking up to the same nightmare, time after time, so when Brent said there's really no idea of time passing, it's because this is a never-ending heartache, and we can't measure it in days, months."
The Kings have gotten cards and e-mails from across the country, and from Australia, England and Guam, and from U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.