The death of a convicted killer impacts the victim's family
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – A Tulsa family is reliving the emotions of a terrible hate crime two years after the fact, because the convicted killer has died in prison.
Stanley Majors was found dead in his cell at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester yesterday.
While he wasn’t in good health, an autopsy will be done.
The family of Khalid Jabara said the incident has brought back a lot of feelings, because it was just two years ago when Majors fired the fatal shots.
His sister Victoria Jabara said, "Just when we think we can move forward, then something else comes into the mix, and we have to feel all the feelings again.”
She added, “So, yes, there's relief, but with relief comes sadness and anger and exasperation, and then it takes all that energy out of you again. "
She also indicated this latest hurdle will not keep the family from working for victims' rights in Khalid's honor.
She feels that her family slipped through the cracks in the justice system, because when the murder took place, they didn't know Majors had been released from jail.
“We did what we were supposed to do. We filed the protective orders; we did the paperwork. We were emailing. We were texting the officials," she said.
She added they are a well-educated family who communicated as much as they could with the system, and they still paid a terrible price.
“How many red flags does it take to keep someone behind bars?”
Jabara said they are now working on bond and bail reform, as well as working to prevent hate crimes, because we all share the responsibility when it comes to protecting victims.
As part of that effort, they are supporting Marsy’s Law on the fall ballot, which is State Question 794. It would require the courts to notify a victim’s family as a case moves through the system, especially when a suspect is released from custody.
Those who work against hate crimes say we should all join the fight.
Sarah Rana is with the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. She said we should all report or respond to a problem as soon as possible.
Rana said, “Instead of getting upset and walking off, I have turned that into an educational moment and tell people these are the facts or this is how you made me feel and actually have a conversation. Or we won't get anywhere. "