As the jurors in the Dystiny Myers trial walked past her family to leave the courtroom Friday, many had tears in their eyes.
One juror looked at Kathy Clark and apologized for what had happened to her granddaughter. Im so sorry, she said as she passed by.
Dont let Dystiny be forgotten, Clark said as she walked out of the courtroom shortly after the verdict was read.
Clark and Myers sat in the front row every day of the two-week trial, saying they were there for Dystiny. The rest of Dystinys family joined them, flying from as far away as Kentucky, to be there.
It was during the trial that the family first learned of Dystinys last moments, including what might have been her final words as she asked her killers to tell her mother she loved her.
Clark said that despite being hard to hear, those words were a gift.
Dystiny was like that, Clark said. She was always thinking about other people before she thought about herself.
Clark said the ending of the trial was really a beginning for her family. She was just a baby, Clark said. They took so much from us.
When asked what was going through her mind as the verdicts were read, Clark said, I was thinking that we finally got justice for our little girl for Dystiny.
Clark said she turned to her faith to find forgiveness for the five people who killed her granddaughter, saying that by not doing so she would be allowing them to rob her of her own life.
I forgive them and think that is important, Clark said. I will not allow them to ruin my life.
Clark said she will still struggle knowing that Dystinys killers remain alive, while her granddaughter is not.
Knowing they are still out there breathing its very difficult for me to say its OK, said Clark. This is not OK.
During court testimony, a former cellmate of Rhonda Wisto testified that Wisto had called Myers a nobody that no one would miss.
One of the things I want everyone to know is that Dystiny was a somebody, Clark said.
Standing flanked by her sisters, Clark publicly thanked the District Attorneys Office for its work on the case.
They put their heart and soul into this for getting justice for Dystiny, Clark said.
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