We Remember the Victims

Just because we oppose the death penalty, this does not mean that we do not share outrage at violent crimes. We also demand accountability and punishment. We are working toward a world without violence, where one day soon, our criminal justice system will focus more on restoration than retribution. To that end, we offer our statement on alternatives to the death penalty.

On behalf of everyone in the anti-death penalty movement, we at Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and the Abolitionist Action Committee offer the following:

Dear Compassionate Friends, 

We are in profound sympathy with the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, their families, and all who have been touched by this unconscionable act of violence and vengeance. At the same time, we are sorely aware of the distress of the family of Timothy McVeigh. As we stand at the prison in the hours before Timothy McVeigh is killed, we will participate in a circle of silent witness. This will begin at 4:12 am, 168 minutes before the scheduled execution time (7 am) -- 168, of course, being the number of people killed in the bombing. 

As our government prepares to kill in our name and we fall silent, we will do so consciously and with intention. It will not be the silence of apathy or acquiescence, it will not be the silence of powerlessness and fear. It will be a silence expressing sorrow for those killed in the Oklahoma City bombing, for those injured, for the loved ones of the dead and injured; for the family of Timothy McVeigh, for those we ask to kill Timothy McVeigh, and yes, for Timothy McVeigh himself. We will reflect upon all the life and promise lost to the cycle of violence, rage, revenge, violence, rage, revenge..... It will be a silence that says that breaking that cycle is sometimes beyond slogans and words. It will be a silence of dissent. It will be a silence that says that we are witnessing, that our full attention is focused and we will not turn away from what happened in Oklahoma City and what is being done in retribution. 

We remember the victims.

While we also remember all those touched by this tragic event, the following are the people who died in the bombing.

Lucio Aleman Jr., 33
Teresa Antoinette Alexander, 33
Richard Arthur Allen, 46
Ted Leon Allen, 48
Baylee Almon,1
Rebecca Anderson, 37
Diane Elaine Hollingsworth Althouse, 45
Pamela Denise Argo, 36
Saundra Gail "Sandy" Avery, 34
Peter Robert Avillanoza, 56
Calvin Battle, 62
Peola Battle, 56
Danielle Nicole Bell, 1
Oleta Christine Biddy, 54
Shelly Bland, 25
Andrea Y. Blanton, 33
Olen Burl Bloomer, 61
Sgt. Lola Renee Bolden, 40
James Everette Boles, 50
Mark Allen Bolte, 28
Cassandra Booker, 25
Carol L Bowers, 53
Peachlyn Bradley, 3
Gabreon Bruce, 4-month-old
Cheryl Hammons, 44
Woody Brady, 41
Cynthia Lynn Campbell Brown, 26
Paul Gregory Broxterman, 42
Kimberly Ruth Burgess, 29
David Neil Burkett, 47
Donald Earl Burns Sr.,63
Karen Gist Carr, 32
Michael Joe Carrillo, 44
Rona Linn Chafey, 36
Zackary Taylor Chavez, 3
Sharon Louise Wood Chesnut, 47
Robert Chipman, 51
Kimberly Kay Clark, 39
Peggy Clark, 42
Antonio Ansara Cooper Jr., 2
Christopher Cooper, 2
Dana LeAnne Cooper, 24
Harley Richard Cottingham, 46
Kim Robin Cousins, 33
Aaron M Coverdale, 5
Elijah Coverdale, 2
Jaci Rae Coyne, 1
Kathy Cregan, 60
Richard Leroy Cummins, 55
Stephen Douglas Curry, 44
Brenda Faye Daniels, 42
Benjamin Laranzo Davis, 29
Diana Lynn Day, 38
Peter Leslie DeMaster, 44
Castine Deveroux, 49
Sheila R. Gigger Driver, 28
Tylor Eaves, 8 months
Ashley Megan Eckles, 4
Susan Jane Ferrell, 37
Carrol June Fields, 48
Katherine Ann Finley, 44
Judy Joann Fisher, 45
Linda L Florence, 43
Donald Lee Fritzler, 64
Mary Anne Fritzler, 57
Tevin D'Aundrae Garrett, 1
Laura Jane Garrison, 61
Jamie Lee Genzer, 32
Margaret Goodson, 54
Kevin Lee Gottshall II, 6 months
Ethel Louise Griffin, 55
Juretta Colleen Guiles, 59
Randolph Guzman, 28
Kayla Marie Haddock, 3
Ronald Vernon Harding, 55
Thomas Lynn, Hawthorne Sr., 52
Doris Adele Higginbottom, 44
Anita Hightower, 27
Thompson Eugene Hodges Jr., 54
Peggy Louise Jenkins Holland, 37
Linda Coleen Housley, 53
George Michael Howard, 45
Wanda Lee Howell, 34
Robin Ann Huff, 37
Anna Jean Hurlburt, 67
Charles Hurlburt, 73
Paul Douglas Ice, 42
Christi Yolanda Jenkins, 32
Norma Jean Johnson, 62
Raymond Johnson, 59
Larry James Jones, 46
Alvin Junior Justes, 54
Blake Ryan Kennedy, 1
Carole Sue Khalil ,50
Valerie Jo Koelsch, 33
Carolyn Ann Kreymborg, 57
Teresa Lea Lauderdale, 41
Catherine Mary Leinen, 47
Carrie Ann Lenz, 26
Donald R Leonard, 50
Lakesha Levy, 21
Dominique London R., 2
Rheta Ione Bender Long, 60
Michael Lee Loudenslager, 48
Aurelia Donna Luster, 43
Robert Lee Luster Jr., 45
Mickey Bryant Maroney, 50
James Kenneth Martin, 34
Gilbert Xavier Martinez, 35
Tresia Jo Mathes-Worton, 28
James Anthony McCarthy, 53
Kenneth Glenn McCullough, 36
Betsy Janice McGonnell, 47
Linda Gail Griffin McKinney, 47
Cartney McRaven, 19
Claude Arthur Medearis, 41
Claudette Meek, 43
Frankie Ann Merrell, 23
Derwin Wade Miller, 27
Eula Leigh Mitchell, 64
John Clayton Moss III, 50
Patricia "Trish" Ann Nix, 47
Jerry Lee Parker, 45
Jill Diane Randolph, 27
Michelle Ann Reeder, 33
Terry Smith Rees, 41
Mary Leasure Rentie, 39
Antonio C Reyes, 55
Kathy Ridley, 24
Trudy Rigney, 31
Claudine Ritter, 48
Christine Nicole Rosas, 22
Sonja Lynn Sanders, 27
Lanny Lee David Scroggins, 46
Kathy Lynn Seidl, 39
Leora Lee Sells, 57
Karan Denise Shepherd, 27
Chase Dalton Smith, 3
Colton Smith, 2
Victoria Lee Sohn, 36
John Thomas Stewart, 51
Dolores Marie Stratton, 51
Emilio Tapla, 50
Victoria Jeanette Texter, 37
Charlotte Thomas, 43
Michael George Thompson, 47
Virginia Mae Thompson, 56
Ricky Lee Tomlin, 46
LaRue Ann Treanor, 55
Luther Hartman Treanor, 61
Larry Laverne Turner, 42
Jules Alfonso Valdez, 51
John Karl Vaness III, 67
Johnny Allen Wade, 42
David Jack Walker, 54
Robert Nolan Walker Jr., 52
Wanda Lee Watkins, 49
Michael D. Weaver, 45
Julie Marie Welch, 23
Robert Glen Westberry, 57
Alan Gerald Whicher, 40
Jo Ann Whittenberg, 35
Frances Ann Williams, 48
Scott Dwain Williams, 24
William Stephen Williams, 42
Clarence Eugene Wilson, 49
Ronota Ann Woodbridge, 31
John Albert Youngblood, 52

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