Joanna Rankin, Josephine’s Daughter

September 23, 2011

By Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, Pearland, Texas

I am opposed to the death penalty because I believe that killing someone is wrong; it doesn’t respect life. I believe that murderers should be apprehended and held accountable for their actions, but killing them is treating them without dignity or respect for them as a person, a human being, a creation of God. I wish people could understand that there is nothing outside of yourself that can bring closure to what happened. No matter what happens to the killer, the person that was murdered is still dead. Nothing will bring them back.

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