Talking to Your Brothers Killer

On the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 an amateur film maker discusses a phone call between a man and the murderer of his brother. Listen to the story on “The World” radio program form NPR on 9/23/16. It is a story of rage, sorrow, mistaken identity, ignorance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Please share you thoughts.

The World

I have added this addendum to the story from The World. Story Corps is a collection of tails about life that NPR and other sources have been collecting for almost two decades. The conversation that aired this morning will tear at you heart. Check it out and comment.

StoryCorps

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10 Responses to Talking to Your Brothers Killer

  1. Ben Broscheid says:

    When something like a murder happens people go through lots of grief because their life was taken before it was there time to go. First they are sad then they feel angry. This anger will last forever if they don’t gain closure. The way to gain this closure is to forgive, get revenge or share your experience. It’s good that he could go on NPR and share his experience. I hope he gained his closure.

  2. Brett White says:

    It’s sad that people judge others by stereotypes about certain religions, groups, and parties. We fear those who are different, and often react in irrational ways. Unfortunately, this resulted in the death of an innocent man wearing a turban. He showed no hostility towards his murderer, but was killed because of his association with his religion and seen by his wearing a turban. It’s nice that Roque apologized for his actions, but he still committed murder, and, unfortunately, nothing can change that. It’s a good lesson that people must watch their actions because one dumb move can end one’s life, literally and socially.

  3. Alexis Harris says:

    Stereotypes are a real thing and they do sometimes result in the worst possible case. People have a tendency to take their stresses/frustrations out on other people, which of course is human, but it’s never an excuse for murder. I believe the man does feel guilt for his actions, but like Valerie said, who know’s if he’d do it again? In a personal opinion I think that rage and anger are much stronger than guilt.

  4. Alexis Harris says:

    Stereotypes exist and they are a real thing, it’s just sad that some people take it to the extent of doing reckless things. Rage and anger and all sorts of emotions have a tendency to result in being taken out on other people, its human, but it’s not an excuse for murder. I understand grief, and I also can see that this man feels guilt, but like Valerie said, who knows what would stop him from doing it again? In a personal opinion I believe rage/angry and stronger than guilt, so when it comes down to it, would he have the self control not to kill again?

  5. When a murderer commits a murder, it´s wrong even in the wake of a crisis such as this. It doesn´t matter if you think they´re a terrorist because of what they wear. That´s not up to you, it´s up to god. You can´t judge someone because of things like this, it´s offensive.

  6. Noah Markopoulos says:

    The man that decided to go out and kill someone because they’re angry deserves equal punishment and is not worth any sort of sympathy. This man should not waste his time forgiving or listening to someone who lacks basic empathy and awareness of general and moral wrongs. It’s sad to see someone try to save face by going and rubbing it in the face of his brother by refusing to let him forget it and move on.

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