We will fight for peace, but we will do no violence.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Forgiveness Over Hate
DENVER (AP) — The father of a 17-year-old girl who was fatally shot at her suburban Denver high school said Wednesday that he and his wife have forgiven the killer, and he asked others to do the same.
Michael Davis said at a memorial service for his daughter Claire that the killer was blinded by anger and didn't know what he was doing.
"The young man that shot Claire had a name. His name was Karl Pierson," the father said at the memorial. "For reasons most of us, or all of us, will never know, Karl allowed himself to become filled with anger and rage and hatred.
"That anger, rage and hatred blinded him. He blindly followed a path that led him to do something that no one should ever do. He took an innocent person's life. He took our daughter's life," Michael Davis said, his voice cracking.
"My wife and I forgive Karl Pierson for what he did," Davis said. "We would ask all of you here and all of you watching to forgive Karl Pierson. He didn't know what he was doing."