“I knew what it was like to be hurt,” she said. “The many times that that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me.”

“But violence is violence – nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea.”

“For the most part, people who hurt… they come from hurt. It is a cycle. Let’s say they had killed him or hurt him really bad. How does [his] son feel? Does he carry on the violence?”

At the time, she was 18 years old.


The way to eliminate hate is to stop teaching hate. And the first lesson is compassion.