Pine Valley family searching for son's killer to tell her they forgive her

PINE VALLEY, Calif. - The family of a young man who was run down in a DUI crash spoke with 10News on Monday in an effort to find their son's killer. Their reason? To tell her they forgive her.

Larry McNamer and his wife Debi are doing something many parents in their shoes could never do: forgive the woman who killed their son twenty years ago.

"I think she needs to know that it's OK to move on," said Larry McNamer.

They may soon be part of a documentary that shows families who forgive after losing a child.

"I think it would have ruined us had we not had our faith," said Debi McNamer from their restaurant in Pine Valley.

The McNamers want to get their story of forgiveness and faith not only out to the documentary's viewers but to Cheryl Garcia, the woman convicted in their son Sean's death.

"What she did was wrong, but it doesn't mean she needs to spend the rest of her life dwelling on, knowing or thinking that there are people out there that hate and want the worst for her," said Larry.

On July 31, 1993, Sean and his 15-year-old friend Tyler Cash were run over by Garcia, who was 27 years old at the time. She was driving under the influence on a suspended license. She fled the scene after the crash. 

Garcia spent 13 years behind bars but has since been released. Now, the McNamers hope they can connect with her.       

"I just can't imagine what it's like for her to carry that," said Debi.

Even if there is no documentary to capture their face-to-face meeting, they still want to tell her it is OK to move forward with her life.

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