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Wow! Talk About Rising Above! Mother Helps Her Daughter’s Killer Get A Lighter Sentence… But Why?

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To err is human, to forgive is divine.

Mother Ady Guzman-DeJesus tragically lost her 13-year old daughter Lourdes two years ago, after a classmate, Jordyn Howe (now 16) accidentally shot off his stepfather's gun while riding a school bus.

Ady not only forgave her daughter's killer, she also advocated a lighter sentence for Jordyn.

The quality of mercy is not strained, indeed.

As part of the plea bargain, Jordyn pleaded guilty in exchange for one year in a juvenile detention facility, even though the judge had originally wanted a harsher sentence.

Jordyn was understandably remorseful as he hugged Ady in the courtroom:

"I'm just sorry for her loss and I apologize for doing what I did."

In addition to the year long sentence in a juvenile detention facility, Jordyn will also be touring the state of Florida with Ady to talk about the dangers of firearms.

Meanwhile, the judge, Miami-Dade Circuit's Ellen Sue Venzer was taken aback by Ady's moving gesture of compassion and forgiveness:

"In 20 years, I've watched human tragedy unfold in this courtroom. I could have never imagined a victim’s mother embracing her child’s killer."

In the end, Ady believed that this was what her daughter would have wanted:

"Justice is already done. I really do forgive him."

We're moved by her understanding. If the world had more people like Ady, it would be a better place!

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3 comments to “Wow! Talk About Rising Above! Mother Helps Her Daughter’s Killer Get A Lighter Sentence… But Why?”

  1. kev says – reply to this


    I don't know what faith Ady might be. I'd love to know. In Christian teachings Jesus calls us to be Christ to others. To love and forgive our brothers and sisters. What more powerful grace could Ady give to the teen who killed her daughter than forgiveness and a hug.

    There are a lot of people and politicians judging, hating, excluding, and ignoring the suffering of our brothers and sisters. Beware the politician waving their Bible around to get elected. Woe to them. They should all stand in awe of merciful Ady, the humble child of God.

  2. Jazmine says – reply to this


    what I want to know if why he had his step father's gun on the school bus?!

  3. Maria Chawla says – reply to this


    I commend her for her courage and understanding beyond an average human being. I want to believe that she understood it was an accident and that one young life was already lost and that it was within her hands to save at least one of those lives.
    Godbless you Ms. Guzman-DeJesus