COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Steve Groene, the father of Shasta Groene, the only survivor of a brutal North Idaho murder and kidnapping, says he is undergoing emergency throat surgery in order to spend more time with his daugher.
Steve and Shasta Groene
Steve was diagnosed with throat cancer one year ago. Recently, doctors found another tumor in Steve's vocal box. He will undergo emergency throat surgery on Monday at a hospital in Seattle to have his vocal chords and the tumor removed.
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Groene told KREM 2 News one thing he will miss is playing the harmonica in his band. He has been playing with the Blue Tattoo Band for the last six years. Bandmates say they hope Steve continues writing music and lyrics for the band while he is recovering from surgery.
After the surgery, Steve will lose his sense of smell and taste. It is also possible he will lose feeling in his face and shoulders.
Shasta's mother Brenda and her boyfriend Mark McKenzie, along with brother Slade were beaten and killed inside their Wolf Lodge Bay home in May of 2005. Shasta and Dylan were abducted. Shasta was found in July at a Coeur d'Alene restaurant with accused killer Joseph Duncan. Dylan's remains were found in the Montana wilderness.
Duncan will stand trial for the murders of Brenda, Mark, and Slade, as well as the kidnapping of Shasta and Dylan on Oct. 16 in Kootenai County.