The Parkland shooting victims’ parents recounted tales about the potential futures of their children. The defense team was inconsolable when they gave their testimony during the shooter’s sentencing hearing. While providing instructions to the court following testimony, Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer’s voice broke. Join our weekday newsletter list to receive original analysis, news, and trends in your inbox. The gunman’s defense team was brought to tears by testimony as parents of the children killed in the Parkland massacre testified during the sentencing hearing on Tuesday.
At the hearing on Tuesday, the father of Alyssa Alhadeff, who would have started her sophomore year of college this month if she hadn’t been killed, offered an emotional statement about what kind of person his daughter might have been.
She would become a professional soccer player soon. Ilan Alhadeff predicted that she will graduate from law school and go on to become one of the most prominent business negotiating attorneys in the world.
He said, according to CNN, “I was going to have my father-daughter dance and she was scheduled to get married.” She would have had four lovely children, lived in a stunning home, and had a beach cottage on the side.
According to CNN, he declared in court that “Alyssa’s murder put an end to all those ambitions.”
Additional parents of the 14 children who were killed by the gunman stood up and spoke, outlining their children’s prospective futures and the effect their deaths had had.
According to CNN, one father talked about navigating the world as a family of four rather than a family of five, while a mother questioned if her son, the swim team captain, would have qualified for the Olympics.
The gunman, CBS News reported , displayed no emotion throughout the last two days of hearing when the parents gave their comments.
However, while they listened to the parents’ accounts, several of his own lawyers wiped away their own tears, according to CBS News. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer was directing the court when her voice cracked.
When the shooter opened fire on Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, he or she entered a plea of guilty in October to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.
The shooter’s sentencing will be decided in this stage of the ongoing trial. Defense lawyers are arguing for a life sentence without the possibility of parole, while the prosecution has urged for the death penalty.