The dad of a little girl who was raped and murdered by a paedophile has told her killer that he forgives him.
Jerome Williams was left inconsolable after his daughter Felecia, nine, was abducted by a man known to him.
Felecia had been left in the care of her mum’s neighbour Eboni Wiley in May 2014, reports the Daily Star.
But she was sexually assaulted and strangled by Wiley’s boyfriend Granville Ritchie when she left them alone to go out and buy marijuana.
Ritchie then put her body in a suitcase and threw it in to Tampa harbour, Florida, and her remains were found there three months later.
Mr Williams said in court: “I’m not like everybody else, bro.
“I ain’t got no ill will against you. The journey you got ahead of you going to need God. I forgive you.
“I forgive you, bro, that’s how strong my God is.
“I come here nd smile with no ill will. You are my brother. You made a mistake. You’ve got time to make right with God.”
Ritchie told police that he had given her money to go and buy sweets and that she hadn’t come back.
Granville Ritchie, 41, received the death penalty on Friday, nearly a year after he was found guilty of the killing.
But the slain girl’s mum, Felecia Demerson, has not expressed such forgiveness for her daughter’s killer.
She showed the court a blanket that she carries with her that has her little girl’s face on and uses to cocoon herself when her loss overwhelms her.
She told the killed that she hopes he dies a painful death.
“The only thing I regret today is I cannot ask for his fate and that would be for him to be hanged. For him to feel what my daughter felt over and over again.”