VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS

NAVID KHONSARI:
“It’s hard to put into words th d!astatin" i#pa$t #% #othr’s #urdr has had on #%
&a#i'% and #( How dos a son $o# to $o#prhnd that th wo#an who "a! 'i& to
hi#) nurturd and $ard &or hi# and 'o!d hi# un$onditiona''% was *idnappd and
#urdrd and a+andond on a dirt% road( Dp sadnss is so#thin" that I 'i! with
!r% da% sin$ hr 'i& was +ruta''% ta*n &ro# us(
“Th wo#an who tau"ht # and #% +rothrs a+out "ra$) *indnss and "nrosit%) and
who dp'% 'o!d and showd #% &athr th "ratst tndrnss and $o#passion was
ta*n &ro# us in a !io'nt and hinous a$t( , wi'' n!r r$o!r our sns o& $o#&ort
and trust in so$it%) as our wor'd was shattrd in on dar* and unprdi$ta+' a$t( Th
#urdr o& #% #othr a'so *i''d #% &athr that da%( It +ro* hi#( A son shou'd n!r s
his &athr wp 'i* that( I '&t #% 'i& and $arr in Nw -or* Cit% to spnd th
&o''owin" ./ #onths 'i!in" with #% &athr and supportin" hi#) as +st as I $ou'd( It tor
# up *nowin" I $ou'd not do an%thin" to h'p #% &athr $op with his dp sns o&
"ri&( A'' th whi' I was not sur how I $ou'd #o! &orward(
“Th #urdr o& our #othr '&t #% +rothrs and I &'in" 'i* orphans) 'ost and $on&usd)
w $ou'dn’t #a* sns o& what was happnin" to our &a#i'%( Th hart o& our &a#i'% had
+n rippd out and w wr th +ro*n pi$s tr%in" to #o! &orward(
“Had it not +n &or th #onstrous a$t o& on prson #% #othr wou'd + a'i! toda%) sh
wou'd ha! #t #% wi& and had th $han$ to #+ra$ and *iss #% two dau"htrs) as a
dotin" "rand#othr shou'd( Instad) I &' a sns o& pro&ound sadnss *nowin" that #%
$hi'drn and #% wi& wi'' n!r *now th prson who tau"ht # a+out 'o!in" and $arin"
&or th#( In its p'a$ th% ar +rou"ht into a '"a$% o& 'oss and !io'n$ that +"an at th
hands o& on prson(
“0%ond #% &a#i'% hr in North A#ri$a) #% &a#i'% a+road and in Iran ha! +n
strippd o& thir adord) an"'i$ Mi#i 1 stunnd +% #othr’s #urdr 1 *nowin" that w
'&t Iran &or a +ttr) sa&r 'i& in Canada on'% to ha! a'' #% parnts’ &&orts and
sa$ri&i$s dstro%d +% this horrndous a$t(2
A3I KHONSARI:
That pain that this tra"i$ sns'ss $ri# has in&'i$td on #% &a#i'% and &rinds is
inds$ri+a+'( M% wi&) *ids and I ha! sur!i!d th 'ast tn %ars without th in&'un$
and 'o! o& #% #o# whi$h is hard to i#a"in( Toda%) I sti'' 'oo* around in dis+'i& that
sh is "on( Th +asi$ "oodnss that I +'i!d 4istd in a'' pop' $ou'd not 4ist i&
so#thin" 'i* this $ou'd happn to Mi#i(
“I a# sad !r%da% that sh is not hr to n5o% hr "rand$hi'drn and hr 'i&( I a# sad
that #% &athr had to ndur su$h pain and "ri&( 0ut #ost'%) I a# sad that w ha! 'ost
so#on that #ad th wor'd a #u$h +ttr p'a$ to + in(
“I $hrish th ##oris o& +oth o& #% parnts and wi'' #o! &orward r#indin" #% *ids
what in$rdi+' pop' th% wr( Nothin" has !r +n th sa# sin$ this tra"d% and
th &utur wi'' a'wa%s ha! so# sadnss( Sh +rou"ht us 'au"htr) sh +rou"ht us 'i&
and sh tau"ht us how to 'o!( I #iss th# #or than an%on $an !r i#a"in(2

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