From the Death Penalty Information Center:
Kathryn Gaines, Rita Shoulders, Ruth Lowe, and Victoria Cox all had someone in their family murdered but all believe that a death sentence for the killers would only deepen their personal wounds. Shoulders lost her sister to murder; Cox lost her brother; Lowe also lost her brother; and Gaines experienced the death of her eldest grandchild a year ago. All four women are members of St. Martin de Porres Church in West Louisville, Kentucky, have participated in videos to relate their experiences. Ruth Lowe said of the man who killed her brother, “I’m learning to forgive. And even if I had the chance I wouldn’t want him executed. It would do nothing for me; it would do nothing for the rest of my family. To take his life would make no sense.” Kathryn Gaines said, “You cannot bring a life back by taking away another life. It hurts a whole family.”
The Record, the newspaper of the archdiocese of Louisville, recently ran a three-part series profiling thse women—here in Kentucky—who’ve had loved ones murdered and oppose the death penalty for the killers.
- Four women work against death penalty“
- “Women cling to faith despite tragedy“
- “Women see values as cure for violence“
Photo: Courtesy The Record