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Jesse Bystrom shares a tender moment with two young girls after a service for Word in Action Church in Coatepeque, Guatemala, in 2008. Bystrom is the son of Larry Bystrom, owner/operator of Bystrom's Barbering on Main Street, and Char Bystrom, who runs Char's Family Hair Care on Second Street. Submitted photo

He stared death in the back of the head and lived to tell it

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Bound face down late at night in the depths of a Guatemalan jungle, Jesse Bystrom, husband, father of a kindergartner, felt his 35 years of life would end with a bullet to the head.


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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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