n 1984, Denise Taylor lost her brother Bo to a brutal murder. But instead of living each day with bitterness and anger, Taylor made a surprising choice that changed everything.
Taylor decided to reach out to the man who shot and killed her brother, and then fought to get him released from prison.
You’ll definitely want to hear why.
If you lost a loved one to senseless violence, would you shut out the world and resign yourself to crippling grief?
Or reach out to the killer for answers and forgiveness?
In 2005, 21 years after losing her brother, Denise Taylor wrote a letter to the man who killed him.
The convicted killer, Ronald Fields, responded with some surprising words.
He agreed to a visit, and wrote a heartfelt apology to Taylor and her family.
“I am not proud to say that I am Ronald Fields and I was convicted for the murder of your brother,” the letter said.
The two met for the first time at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, California.
At their first meeting, Fields asked Taylor if he could explain to her what happened the day of the murder.
He walked her through the events of the drug deal gone wrong before Taylor showed him photos of her children, who will never know their uncle Jonathan, who Denise called “Bo”.
After that first meeting, Denise returned to the prison, this time with her father, Jim.
It took many years and many visits, but Bo’s sister and father learned to forgive the man who shot and killed him at age 24.
But it didn’t end there…