I was watching the news the other night when I stumbled across this story of forgiveness. It reminded you that every now and then there is a story that confirms personal affirmations.
In Minnesota, a young man was murdered and his killer was sent to prison. n a small apartment building in North Minneapolis – a 59-year-old teacher’s aid sings praise to God for no seemingly apparent reason. Indeed, if anyone was to have issues with the Lord, it would be Mary Johnson.
In February 1993, Mary’s son, Laramiun Byrd, was shot to death during an argument at a party. He was 20, and Mary’s only child.
“My son was gone,” she says.
The killer was a 16-year-old kid named Oshea Israel.
Mary wanted justice. “He was an animal. He deserved to be caged.”
And he was. Tried as an adult and sentenced to 25 and a half years — Oshea served 17 before being recently released. He now lives back in the old neighborhood – next door to Mary.
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