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From Death to Life: Mother forgives son's killer


Johnson and Israel hope to bring other families of violence together for forgiveness. They also plan to write a book together with dreams of eventually building a grief center in north Minneapolis.

Renee Tessman, KARE-TV | MN

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Brigette Menger-Anderson

A Minneapolis community is celebrating a powerful story of forgiveness, how a mother's hatred for her child's murderer dramatically changed over 17 years.

As Oshea Israel described it, "God brought us together."

By looking at him and Mary Johnson, his arm around her, you'd think they were mother and son. But actually, he's the man who murdered her son, Laramiun Lamont Byrd.

It happened in 1993. Israel shot Byrd multiple times, his body left outside North Memorial Hospital.