Parents of Calif. Teens Killed After Ding-Dong Ditch Prank Explain Why They Forgive Suspect



Since the death of the boys, Daniel’s mother Janet Hawkins says her family has received support from all over the country.

“It’s really been incredible just how it’s just gone all over the US, and how it’s impacted people, and we’ve even had people say, ‘This has really caused us to have good conversations with our kids and maybe even think twice, hugging our kids before they head out the door.’”

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The parents’ forgiveness, however, doesn’t mean that they don’t want to see justice served.

“He does have to pay for the crime that he’s committed,” says Ramona. “I wish I could ask this individual, if he could go back, would he do it the same way, does he regret what he did? Is he aware of the pain he’s caused?”

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Drake’s dad Billy Ruiz says he hopes that Chandra will reflect on what transpired.

“As a father that lost his son, I would love to see him not see sunlight, but I wouldn’t wish the death penalty on him,” he says. “I would love for him, for the rest of his life, to reflect on his life and what he took.”

For all the grief that remains, says Janet, “There’s a peace knowing that [the boys] lived life here together on Earth, and they’re now living their life in heaven together.”

A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help with the families’ expenses.

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