When James Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and injured dozens of others at a Colorado movie theater on July 20, it shook the entire country. Everyone wondered how someone could possibly do such a horrific thing and what his motive was. Nobody would blame victims or their family members for wanting to take revenge on Holmes. But one of his victims, Pierce O'Farrill, doesn't want vengeance. The 28-year-old actually forgives Holmes for shooting him three times during the Colorado massacre.
"Of course, I forgive him with all my heart," O'Farrill told reporters after being released from the hospital on Wednesday. "When I saw him in his hearing, I felt nothing but sorrow for himÂ—he's just a lost soul right now."
It really isn't that surprising that O'Farrill forgives Holmes because he works for a Christian charity organization that helps people when they're in need and returns them to society as more productive citizens.
"I want to see him sometime," O'Farrill said. "The first thing I want to say to him is 'I forgive you,' and the next is, 'Can I pray for you?'"
It certainly takes a special kind of person to forgive Holmes for doing what he did. While most people would want to take revenge on Holmes, O'Farrill actually forgives him and even feels sorry for him. It might seem crazy that someone would forgive Holmes for what he did, but if it gives O'Farrill peace, then good for him. Being angry forever at someone just makes you an unhappy person and poisons those around you.
What are your thoughts? Do you applaud O'Farrill for forgiving Holmes?