Iam the brother of murder victim Shaun Ouillette and yesterday I gave a victim impact statement at the Rod Matthews parole hearing AMA!
My short bio: I was 7 when my brother was killed. Yesterday I talked publicly about about the murder for the first time in 29 years.
In 1986 in Canton MA, my brother beaten to death with a baseball bat by his classmate Rod Matthews. They were both 14 at the time. After the murder laws in Massachusetts where changed to allow Matthews to be tried as an adult. Matthews has been in prison since the murder and yesterday I saw him in person for the very first time during the hearing.
Some coverage of the parole hearing
I made a hash of the proof in the last post so I removed it and tried again. Sorry mods!
Edit: Wow I'm a little overwhelmed by the response so far. I will do my very best to get to every question but I am not the fastest typist. I
Edit 2: I just want to be clear. My dad was Shaun's dad. Jeanne is not my mother. Shaun was technically my half brother but like I have said in different points in the AMA we never regarded Shaun or Yvonne as half siblings and that concept didn't work for me as a 7 year old.
Edit 3: Please don't downvote wacky questions. I know this is a serious topic but I'm a normal person so if people want to ask me them I'm happy to answer them.
Edit 4 I need to take a small break but I will be back shortly and continue answering question. thanks for the interest everyone!
Edit 5 I just want to say I'm touched by all of your questions. I means a lot to me to know so many people are interested in my brother story. It's helpful for me to have you post these deep or light questions that I ponder over. It helps focus my thoughts. I'm going to take a brake and have dinner with some friends now but I will be back, and like I said before I promise to try to answer all the questions I get asked. See RAMPART! R.I.P my inbox....because I've always wanted to say that.
Edit 6 I'm back for more questions and I now have a full belly.
Edit 7 Well All I'm done for the night. I will check in tomorrow and see if there are any more questions I have not already answered directed at me. It's been couple of really interesting days in my life. Thanks for being part of it.
Final Edit Well I have been taking questions for about 24 hours now and I have answered just about all of them. Thanks again reddit for the opportunity and for helping me share some thoughts about my brother.