Mom forgives her daughter’s killer

The mother of a murder victim delivers a powerful message about restorative justice in The Washington Post. Linda White lost her daughter in a murder that made headlines in Texas back in 1986.  Two 15 year old boys kidnapped, raped and killed Cathy White when she stopped to help them with car trouble. Last month, after 23 years behind bars, one of the killers was released from prison. While most parents of murder victims would be consumed with anger, Linda is not.  Ten years ago she met Gary Brown and befriended the man responsible for her daughter’s death.  Linda White writes about her journey and her belief that “young people, even those who have done horrible things, can be transformed.”

The case is also profiled in a book called Don’t Kill in Our Names, by Rachel King.