Deprived of the Joy of Watching Him Grow

RECEIVED Tue., Nov. 15, 2005

Dear Editor,
    In "Justice or Vengeance?" [News, Nov. 4], Brandon Threet's family said, "We promised him we would fight to the bitter end.” To us, Terence McArdle's aunt and uncle, the bitter end was four years ago on that fatal night when we lost Terence. There is nothing more to fight, only endless grief and unbearable pain caused by that unspeakable, brutal act of Threet's. His friends say Terence wasn't the only victim – yes, Terence's parents, brother, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins were also victims. We have been deprived the joy of knowing what could have become of Terence; furthermore, we have been sentenced to lifelong pain and hurt. It is appalling to read about how the brutal attack was characterized as "an accident.” Accidents happen once, not repeatedly. Threet punched Terence repeatedly, took three deliberate steps and kicked Terence in the head, causing his death. Terence's death was no accident. It further angers us when the 20-year sentence was described as "cruel and unusual punishment.” Threet's taking three deliberate strides and kicking Terence's head while he was down on the ground was really "cruel and unusual.” Threet's brutal actions deserve the punishment.
Ying and Randy Chu
Beijing, China
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