Two Detroit teenagers, Jourdan Bobbish and his friend Jacob Kudla, were murdered execution-style in a vacant field two and half years ago. The families of the victims were given an opportunity to address the men who killed their sons in court on Wednesday. The courtroom was shocked at one of the defendants had to say and you will be too.
Convicted murderers Fredrick Young and Felando Hunter – were sentenced to life in prison without parole for robbing, torturing, murdering the two teens who had been in Detroit trying to buy drugs.
At the sentencing, the victims’ family members gave their victim impact statements. When Young had his chance to apologize to the families – he did nothing of the sort..
“I’d like to say sorry to the families of Aiyanna Jones, Michael Brown, Eric Garner,” Young said. “And I want to apologize to them for not being able to get justice for their loved ones who was murdered in cold blood – and in respect for the peaceful protest, I want to say hands up don’t shoot. Black lives matter – that’s it your honor.”
People in the courtroom reacted in disbelief. But still – the message from the families of Jacob Kudla and Jourdan Bobbish was one of forgiveness.
“In the end – knowing who Jourdan was, I believe he would want me to offer forgiveness,” Carrie Bobbish said. “Although I know I may struggle with that endeavor for the rest of my life, it would be what Jourdan would want.”
“On behalf of Jourdan and myself, I will pray for forgiveness for both of you.”
“No matter what sentence the court imposes today, these defendants will have to answer to God,” Kudla said. “God’s got this – thank you for letting me speak.”