In 2012, Ady Guzman-DeJesus received the shock of her life when she heard the news of the death of her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes ‘Jina’ Guzman-DeJesus who was shot at close range.
Lourdes was accidentally shot when her friend Jordyn Howe was playfully pointing the gun at her. Howe had brought his stepfather’s gun aboard the school bus and was showing it off to his friends. When nothing happened after firing it at the ground, he pointed the gun at Lourdes and pulled the trigger. However, this time the gun fired instantly killing her.
Howe confessed immediately to the crime, pleading guilty to three charges including manslaughter with a deadly weapon.
Two years later, at a plea bargain hearing, the bereaved mother stepped up and hugged her daughter’s killer. An emotional gesture which left the courtroom, including the judge, visibly moved.
“I’m sorry,” Howe told her.
“In 20 years, I’ve watched human tragedy unfold in this courtroom,” Judge Ellen Sue Venzer told Miami Herald. “I could have never imagined a victim’s mother embracing her child’s killer.”
While speaking about her daughter’s loss in court, Ady said, “It’s such a painful experience. Two parents should never ... I can’t.”
According to the court’s plea bargain deal, Howe will spend one year in a juvenile detention center and will also spend time touring Florida with none other than DeJesus herself, talking about the dangers of guns.
Ady had initially demanded harsher punishment for her daughter’s killer. However, it appears that she may have finally found solace in forgiveness.