Sep 18 2012

Forgiveness with a Hug

Takunda Mavima, Drunk-Driving Teen, Is Forgiven By Victim's Family (PHOTOS). Huffington Post

This is the most powerful photo you will see all week.

The father of a car accident victim hugging the drunk-driving teen who caused the crash.


On May 20 this year, 18-year-old Takunda Mavima was driving home from a party after graduating from high school, when he lost control and crashed into an off-ramp near Wyoming, Mich., the New York Daily News reports.

Tim See, 17, and Krysta Howell, 15, who were in the car with Mavima, died in the accident that night.

At the time of the accident, Mavima had a 0.10 blood alcohol level, reported ABC News. At a courtroom sentencing this week, he tearfully addressed the families of the victims: "I’m so sorry that I took two bright, intelligent, wonderful people out of this world …. I wish … I’m so sorry."

He was sentenced to between 30 months and 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to all charges.

In a moving address to the court, both the sister and the father of victim Tim See spoke on behalf of Mavima, urging the judge to give him a light sentence.

"I am begging you to let Takunda make something of himself in the real world -- don't send him to prison and get hard and bitter, that boy has learned his lesson a thousand times over and he'll never make the same mistake again," Lauren See said in court.

See's father then hugged Mavima as he walked out of court after the sentencing.

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9/18/2012 12:44:37 PM
Sherry Perkins United States
Sherry Perkins
That was a noble thing that the family did for the boy being sentenced. I had to bury my 3 1/2 month old daughter, Devon, she died of SIDS. I know how his heart hurts. The father is right about one thing, they are so quick to put young men in jail/prison.  I have tiwn boys, good boys who are now 26 (Matthew and Michael).  They have made bad choices because they have become drug addicts.  They committed crimes while on drugs and instead of intervention, counseling, therapy, or treatment, they both just sat in a cell for months. This wasn't the first time for Michael and everytime he came out of jail, he came out more hungry for drugs. The system is so messed up. I have been dealing with this for almost 4 years.  I can tell you it's been awful.  They are both out of jail now and they seemed to be doing better. I pray for them everyday/night. One day they will be silent and listen.   Hopeful and praying mom.
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