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Parents Of Slain Ohio Student Forgive Suspected Shooter TJ Lane

Each time I see a headline like this I wonder how can a family forgive someone who has taken your child from you.

The parents of Ohio shooting victim Demetrius Hewlin said they forgive the suspected gunman for shooting their son.  The family, shared that Demetrius was often late for school, at Chardon High School, but on that fateful day he just wasn’t late enough.

When ABC News asked the parents if there was anything they would say to the shooter, Demetrius’ parents said  that they would forgive him because, a lot of times, people don’t know what they’re doing.  The parents went on to say that they taught Demetrius not to live in the past and to live in today and that forgiveness is divine. They shared that God’s grace is new each and every day and until you’ve walked in another person’s shoes, you don’t know what made him come to this point.

Those words to me are beyond all understanding.  Think about it it.  A person that has senselessly taken the life of someone you love but yet you have empathy for them?  WOW!  I just don’t know where that comes from.  Demetrius’ family sounds like they are faith filled people and I know that that is what faith filled people are taught to do, but still, being taught something and then walking out that talk; well, those are two completely different things.

Demetrius’ mother believes, “It is in God’s hands. Let his will be done.  God knew what he was doing. It’s not for my understanding, but mine to accept and remember Demetrius as he was.”

Hundreds of people attended the candlelight vigil in in Chardon on Wednesday to remember the 3 kids  who died and to pray for the other two students who were injured.

Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

 

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