Parkland verdict: Sufferer’s grandmother advised gunman to ‘burn in hell’
Anthony Montalto, whose older sister, 14-year-old Gina, was killed, recalled how his dad and mom got here house on the night of February 14, 2018 with tears of their eyes and advised him that his solely brother had died.
He mentioned he want to say goodbye to her this morning.
“I’ll by no means be capable to watch TV together with her, discuss books. Every single day I cross by her room and discover it empty. … Every single day I get up and do not forget that she’s not going to be there,” Montalto mentioned.
He referred to as Nikolas Cruz a “murderous freak” and mentioned Cruz ought to have been sentenced to dying.
“He should not reside whereas my sister is rotting in her grave,” Montalto mentioned.
Montalto mentioned he hopes jurors who voted for all times in jail will remorse their determination after listening to his testimony.
Gina Montalto’s father, Tony Montalto, added in court docket: “If the jury takes under consideration the proof introduced, the end result will probably be solely logical and based mostly on the information. Sadly, the jury ignored the information and went with feelings. They had been frightened about how they might really feel… [if Cruz] was executed.”
“Did they consider the message their sentence despatched to the scholars and academics of our nation?” he continued. “Did they assume how they might clarify their sentence to the brothers and sisters of the victims, as my spouse and I fought?”
“I do not consider the case was honest to the victims. The court docket allowed the protection to indicate all features” of Cruz’s life earlier than the bloodbath, he mentioned, however the victims’ households couldn’t deliver images of their family members to court docket or put on pins honoring them.
“The court docket has completed all the things doable to dehumanize our lovely Gina, her classmates and academics,” he mentioned. “My household and others needed to sit like church mice within the courtroom for concern of influencing the jury.”
“This injustice should be corrected. The rights of the victims should be acknowledged,” he careworn.
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