Tonight, Pennsylvania will kill one of its citizens, Hubert Lester Michael, who murdered Trista Eng. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Trista who are suffering unknowable pain. Yesterday, some of them spoke publicly at the hearing in front of the PA Board of Pardons and Parole. Their personal stories of their love and longing for Trista and shared memories of all the years that they have endured without her.
The impending execution of Mr. Michael cannot bring their loved one back, & is unlikely to bring them closure. Vicki Schieber, whose daughter was raped and murdered in Philadelphia says that she “can tell you with all seriousness that there is no such thing as closure when a violent crime rips away the life of someone dear to you.”
From 5 – 8 PM we will be standing outside of the death house, SCI Rockview, in solidarity with the Eng family, with the Michael family and with all who are connected to this very sad moment. We gather to bear witness to the barbarity that is state-sponsored killing. We urge Governor Corbett not to kill in our names.
This execution comes as more states and more people are rejecting the death penalty as outrageously expensive and error-prone. Pennsylvania's system of capital punishment is worse than most.
In the words of Sr. Barbara Craig, Hubert Michael’s spiritual advisor “May the day come, and in the not too distant future, when the death penalty is abolished in this state and in the country.”
Kathleen Lucas, Executive Director
Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (PADP) is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending capital punishment in Pennsylvania. We believe that there are safe and fair alternatives to executions. PADP organizes Pennsylvania citizens through direct outreach and community education.