The families of the victims of a shooting spree that happened in Washington DC seven years ago, finally felt at peace; as justice was finally achieved, after John Allen Muhammad, convicted mastermind was put to death through a lethal injection in Greensville Correctional Center.
“DC Sniper” as it was commonly tagged, killed 10 people in 2002 in DC areas, for three consecutive weeks.
Muhammad up to the last minute of his life, showed no remorse, very unemotional and defiant to the end.
When asked by the warden for any final word, he did not utter a single one and remained calmed and relaxed all throughout.
I've watched the "DC Sniper" episode on Tru TV's "Forensic Files" for quite a number of times. The documentary story showed how Muhammad and surrogate son Lee Boyd Malvo did the ruthless killing spree that ended October 24, 2002.
Although, the story covered more on Malvo, seeing the scenes alone after they were apprehended, and from hearing the stories of Muhammad’s ex-wife, I was really petrified.
He has that distinct mischievous look and smile, seemingly conveying to everyone that he regrets nothing and that he fears nothing. He claimed innocence ‘til the end.
Wyndal Gordon, one of his attorneys, described Muhammad in his final hours as fearless and ever firm on his innocence.
"He will die with dignity, a dignity to the point of defiance," his counsel said.
While Nelson Rivera, husband of victim Lori Ann, who was killed in a Maryland gas station, felt a certain relief and happiness; as he witnessed Muhammad taking the last breathes of his life.
"At least now I know he can't harm anyone anymore," Rivera explained.
And so with Sonia Hollingsworth-Wills, mother of Conrad Johnson, last victim of the DC Sniper.
"It was the most horrifying day of my life. I'll never get complete closure but at least I can put this behind me now,” Hollingsworth-Wills stressed.
Cheryll Witz, daughter of Jerry Taylor, who was fatally shot in a golf course at Tucson, Arizona in March 2002, said she was unhappy that Muhammad didn't say anything before he died. But, at least now she can start anew.
"I've waited seven long years for this," Witz said. "My life is totally beginning now. I have all my closure, and my justice and my peace," she added.