My daughter, Maria Lopez, San Diego, CA - Thanksgiving of 1998
(Fort Benning, Georgia)
Almost 13 years have gone by since my daughter was killed by a drunk driver. The drunk was driving on the wrong side of Interstate 15 and hit the car my daughter was in. The drunk, hardly injured, even tried to flee on foot after the accident. In the end, he was convicted of vehicle manslaughter instead of 2nd degree murder. This man will be eligible for parole next year 2012. My little girl's name was Maria and died before her 5th birthday.
I believe in forgiveness but I cannot for this man. All I have is hate and vengeance in my heart, and I wish I was a better man to get past this.