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EXCLUSIVE: Decker's widow believes justice will come

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COLD SPRING, Minn. (KMSP) -

For the first time, the widow of Cold Spring Police Officer Tommy Decker is speaking out about the love she shared with her husband and the night she found out he was murdered.

"I never thought the day or the night would ever come where I would get that call or knock on my door that my husband is no longer here," Alicia Decker told FOX 9's Scott Wasserman in an exclusive interview.

Yet, that is the moment Decker says she relives in her mind every day.

"That's your biggest fear. You can't prepare yourself for that," she said. "There's no way."

The moment she found out her husband was killed in the line of duty, she found it hard to tell the story. So, she put her thoughts into poetry.

"Pacing back and forth, waiting for some kind of news. Hoping for the best, praying -- hoping it's not you," she read.

From getting the call from her mother to ask if Tommy was working to getting the knock on the door, she put it all to the page.

"'It's Tommy,' said one, then my legs gave through," she wrote. "My biggest fear of all, unfortunately, has come true."

The next few days would be the most difficult of her life. She said she will never forget sitting by her husband's side at the wake, struggling to say goodbye.

"I didn't want to leave my husband's side at all during the wake or funeral," Alicia Decker said. "I didn't ever want to leave him."

Alicia Decker told FOX 9 News she could not have gotten through the funeral without the support of the Cold Spring Police Department and the community.

"I can say thank you a million times, but that will never express how truly grateful I am," she said.

The two met in early 2011, and Alicia Decker said their connection was instant.

"When we met each other, it was like, 'Wow,'" she recalled. "As if I had known him my whole life."

Alicia Decker said she was drawn in by Tommy's kindness, always opening and holding the door for her. His humor as a practical joker lured her in even more, and she said he was always trying to get a laugh.

"He brought the best out in me, part of me I never knew existed," she said.

Just a few months after meeting, they married on Oct. 22, 2011. They quickly built a life together with Tommy's four children and looked forward to the Wednesdays and weekends they could spend with the kids.

"I was so blessed to have not only a husband but four beautiful children that he was more than willing to share with me," Alicia Decker said.

Even if it only lasted a short time, Alicia Decker said she was blessed to have the time she did.

"There are no words. Nothing I can say or do to write that, to explain -- or to help people realize how in love we were," she said. "It's a love that I don't think even a lot of married couples get to experience."

Yet, nearly two months after her husband's death, Alicia Decker still doesn't know who killed him.

"It's just unfortunate we don't have all the answers. It makes it harder -- not just for me, but for everyone," she explained. "I believe that justice will prevail, and it's going to happen."

Even when Alicia Decker learned of Eric Thomes, a person of interest in the case, had committed suicide, her faith did not waver -- and she does not believe the secrets of that night died with him.

"One way or another, the answers will be given," she said.

When they do, Alicia Decker says she will finally have peace.

Tommy Decker lived for being a police officer and for helping others -- but his greatest love was his wife. At the time of his death, the two were trying to have a baby. That makes the loss more difficult for Alicia when she considers what could have been.

"I, to this day, think the phone is him -- or coming through the door will be my husband," she said.

For now, she is holding onto the memories of what she calls a fairy-tale marriage -- one in which each day began and ended with a kiss and a call to her husband to say goodnight, including the night he died.

"I told him to be safe, I loved him and that I would see him in the morning," she recalled. "I will forever hold onto that because there's not many people that are fortunate to say those things."

Investigators tell FOX 9 News the case is still very active, and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is continuing to track down leads. In the meantime, Alicia Decker is pleading for anyone with information to come forward.

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