Mother asks for leniency for man who killed her son
A little over a year ago, I was looking after my daughter before a show my theater company was performing. The show was sold out, and one man who couldn't get in lost his temper, became verbally abusive, and started shouting obscenities at me -- even as I held my then 2-year-old daughter in my arms.
It was like someone flipped a switch. I'm not normally an aggressive person, but I was enraged -- immediately in the man's face (having handed my daughter off to a friend), threatening him, and demanding that he leave. Fortunately that's where it ended, but the point is that even the thought of someone putting my child in danger provoked an incredibly intense reaction -- I still get riled up just remembering it. I can't imagine how I'd feel if my child had actually been injured.
Which is why Gloria Richardson's story boggles my mind. Her 30-year-old son Andrew was killed at a concert, by a man who, out of the blue, punched him in the face -- a blow which caused him to fall head first into the concrete pavement. Now, after a number of weeping apologies from the assailant, she's asked the court to be lenient on the man that murdered her child.
I admire this woman's compassion, but I don't know that I could ever forgive somebody who ended my daughter's life through a senseless act of violence.