Monday, May 21, 2007

Death penalty talk on Tuesday

Family and Friends of Homicide Victims (FFHV), will present a panel talk on the death penalty at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Place, Delmar on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

Marie Verzulli, coordinator of FFHV, said, “The murderer leaves many victims, not just the person who is killed, but that person’s friends and family, as well as the friends and family of the murderer.”

Speakers at the presentation include Ms. Verzulli, whose sister was murdered by a serial killer; Anthony Aversano, whose father was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11; Walter Ayres, whose cousin’s granddaughter was abducted and murdered by a college classmate; John Cutro, the friend of a murder victim and an investigator in death penalty cases; Sharon Whitbeck, whose nephew was murdered, and David Kaczynski, the brother of the Unabomber and head of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty.

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and the St. Thomas chapter of Pax Christi For more information, call the church at 439-4951. Albany Catholic hears that refreshments will be served afterward.