Published: November 11, 2017, 12:30 PM ISD
‘I’m angry at the devil who misguided you to do such a crime,’ he said.
This is the awe-inspiring moment that the father of a murder victim hugged his son’s killer in court after bringing the judge to tears by forgiving the young man.
Jitmoud was 22 years old when he was stabbed to death after delivering a pizza to a Lexington, Kentucky apartment .
Trey Relford, 24, was sentenced to 31 years in prison on Tuesday in relation to the April 19, 2015 murder of Salahuddin Jitmoud. During his sentencing hearing, Jitmoud’s father took the stand and forgave Relford, saying ‘Forgiveness is the greatest gift of charity in Islam’
The two later hugged, causing eve the judge to get emotional.
Relford and two others were arrested for Jitmoud’s murder, but a grand jury only indicted Relford.
Eventually, Relford himself apologized for what happened.
‘I’m sorry about what happened that day,’ Relford said. ‘I do applaud you because it takes a powerful man to know that someone has hurt them and to get up there and say what you just said. I can’t imagine the hurt, the pain. There’s nothing I can do … I thank you for your forgiveness.’
Later, Dr. Jitmoud went to shake Relford’s hand, and the two ended up locked in an embrace, with other members of the two families coming around to join in.