By Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, Austin, Texas
After dad’s murder, I was so angry and hurt. I hated the person who had taken him. Eventually, though, I decided I couldn’t live with that hate and had to move forward. For me, that meant living a good life and honoring the memory of my father. Soon after the murder, I believed that the gunman should die. But I really hadn’t given much thought to the death penalty before then. My views have really developed over time. I don’t currently support the death penalty because it doesn’t do society any good. Nothing will bring my dad back into my life. Finally, I firmly believe that no one has the right to take another person’s life.