"We are thankful for the just verdict that has finally been rendered. However, we are very dissatisfied with the media attention to Hasan and his extremist views. These types of murderers thrive on media attention. It promotes violence for other disturbed individuals seeking a platform for their sick and twisted views. We hope in the future the media will concentrate on the impact tragedy’s have on the survivors." – statement by Melissa Czemerda, Daughter of Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman who was one of the fourteen victims
murdered by Col. Nidal Malik Hasan.
Unfortunately, there is also the historical record of military death sentences to consider: (1) No military execution has been performed since 1961; (2) eleven death sentence convictions were overturned and re-sentenced to life in prison; and (3) in twenty-five years, from 1988 to present, five men have been sentenced to death by military courts yet still remain on death row awaiting execution; Hasan would be #6. And his crime is far greater than that of any other prisoner on death row. No explanation for this strange lack of executions has been reported by officials at Fort Leavenworth’s United States Disciplinary Barracks.
The families of the victims who died, those survivors who were injured, their families, and especially those whose injuries will cause them to face a lifetime of pain, see his death as closure to the event that has forever altered their lives. The mother of Staff Sgt. Amy S. Krueger's, one of those soldiers killed by Hasan, expressed the feeling of many affected by Hasan’s verdict :
“We have finally come to the end of one long emotional journey. Although the pain of losing Amy will always weigh heavy upon us, we have some relief knowing that Hasan was found guilty without doubt and that he will pay for what he did.”
Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was shot seven times and, unfortunately, still has Hasan’s bullet in his back, disagreed with many published remarks of other family members and survivors. Indeed, he said, the verdict did not bring closure for him:
"When we are dealing with the death penalty, it should not have to be where he waits 26 years like the other person that is on death row. Where now we need to go ahead and put down the sword of justice swiftly.
We veterans agree with Sgt Lunsford. However, we know this is going to be a long process. In the mean time, we will patiently await the final outcome to Hasan’s journey and look forward to his death. Needless to say, we would be extremely disappointed if his sentence is overturned and he ends up languishing in prison for the rest of his life. That final result does not sound appropriate considering the tragic circumstances of his crime. And that particular result would be a real shame and a travesty to all who have been affected by action this Muslim jihadist terrorist!