Victims’ family members feel short-changed after John Allen Muhammad’s death:
Justice fell short with the execution of Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad, one of his victims’ surviving family members said after witnessing his death by lethal injection.
Muhammad died silently Tuesday night in a Virginia prison death chamber filled with lawyers, lawmen and his victims’ family members. After the execution, Steven Moore said he thought about Muhammad’s accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, who received a life sentence for their crimes.
“Well, myself, I wish Malvo was right there beside Muhammad,” said Moore, whose sister, FBI analyst Linda Franklin, was gunned down in Virginia. “They both committed the same crimes. No, I don’t feel any closure. I mean, it’s … it … nothing changes.” Muhammad was the mastermind behind the Washington-area sniper attacks of 2002, which left 10 dead and terrorized the nation’s capital. He was declared dead at 9:11 p.m. ET, said Larry Traylor, director of communications for the Virginia Department of Corrections.
Moore said he had no sympathy for Muhammad and was angered by what he said were sympathetic media reports about Muhammad’s children that had aired recently. “They’re talking about Muhammad’s children, but Linda left children behind, too,” Moore said. “She’s got a daughter, Katie, and a son, Thomas, that — Tommy just got back from his second tour in Iraq in the Army. They’re not going to see their Mom. So I don’t have any sympathy for his family or for his children.”
Bob Meyers, whose 53-year-old brother, Dean, was shot dead while pumping gas in Virginia, called Tuesday’s execution surreal. “Watching the life be sapped out of somebody intentionally was very different and an experience I’d never had,” he said on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” “I’d watched my mother die of natural causes, but that was very different.”
He said he might have attained some closure, “but I would say that pretty much was overcome just by the sadness that the whole situation generates in my heart. That he would get to the place where he did what he did, and that it had to come to this.” Meyers said he had forgiven Muhammad for two reasons: “One is that God calls for me to do that in the Bible and the second thing is related to that. If I don’t, it rots me from the inside out. It doesn’t really hurt John Muhammad or anybody that I have bitterness against.”
His death is never going to bring their loved ones back, however justice has been served in a sense.