In Episode 156, LaTonya Moore, Esq. and I speak about the criminal justice system after the murder of a loved one and honor my stepdaughter who would have celebrated her 50th birthday today had she not been murdered at the age of 11.
When someone in your life is murdered, it throws you into a world that you never expected.
You start to ask yourself so many questions.
How could this have happened?
How could someone be so malicious, callous, brazen to have taken the life of someone else?
If you’ve been raised to respect others, you just can’t understand how someone could do this.
When someone you love is intentionally killed by another human being, you are left with more questions than answers.
Now we’re not talking about the weapon that was used to kill them.
It really doesn’t matter how they were killed. It matters THAT they were killed and by someone who intentionally killed them.
They had malice in their heart and for whatever reason they took someone’s life, they meant to do them harm.
And having to live with that fact, is extremely mind-blowing.
When LaTonya and I had this conversation in 2015, we delved into the murder of two individuals in her life and all she went through with their trials.
It took us 18 years to have our crime solved – the murder of Angela, my stepdaughter who was killed in 1984 and it took until 2002 just to have an arrest in the case.
Another 2 years to go to trial, 2 weeks to choose a jury, another entire calendar month of February 2004 to sit through the trial and a conviction on the last Friday afternoon of the month.
It was mentally exhausting, financially draining to fly from Florida to Long Island for the trial and the goodwill of friends who we stayed with throughout the trial.
Today Angela would have been 50 years old. All the life we missed over the last 39 years.
Unless you’ve lived through something so horrific, you really can’t comprehend the pain it brings when someone is intentionally taken from you and your family.
I’d like to think she’s resting in heaven and celebrating this day with those who love her.
Happy Birthday, Angela.
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