Father of Okinawa homicide victim wants execution for US base worker
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An Okinawan father wants the death penalty for a U.S. civilian base worker charged in his daughter’s slaying.
Kenneth Franklin Gadson, a former Marine who works as a contractor at Kadena Air Base, was charged June 30 with murder and rape resulting in death in the death of 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro.
“July 18 is our daughter’s 21st birthday, but her smiling face is gone forever,” Yasuhide Shimabukuro said in a statement released to the media Friday. “We hope that the assailant receives a death sentence and experiences the pains, agonies and fear that our daughter had gone through. We are still struggling to find closure, but we will continue to pray for her soul to rest in peace.”
The statement marks only the second time Shimabukuro’s family has commented on the death of their daughter, who disappeared in April.
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