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Father's rage, mother's sorrow: some voices from Loretta Saunders sentencing

04/29/2015 05:04 EDT | Updated 08/05/2015 03:59 EDT
HALIFAX - Apologies from their daughter's killers were not enough to pacify a father's rage or soothe a mother in sorrow. Here is some of what was said as Victoria Henneberry and Blake Leggette were sentenced Wednesday in Halifax for murdering Loretta Saunders:

"They haven't got the right to breathe the air that we breathe because they took the life of my daughter," said Clayton Saunders, the victim's father.

"They murdered her without mercy. And I think we should have no mercy on them."

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"My heart constantly aches to talk to her and hold her and tell her how much I love her," said mother Miriam Saunders.

"My pain is something I cannot explain and the pain is like some kind of monster is tearing at my whole body and my heart."

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"Loretta has inspired a change in me," said her aunt Barbara Coffey.

"She became in her death someone who has made a difference. She became an advocate for change. She is leaving her legacy behind not only as a strong, beautiful young Inuk woman, but one who was passionate about making this country of ours aware of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls."

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"For 14 months, I've lived with the guilt of my actions and it's been eating me alive everyday since," Henneberry said.

"It's sad to know that there was a point in my life where I was involved in the death of somebody. I know there's nothing I could say to ease your pain, but I am truly sorry. Wrong choices were made and I have accepted and took blame for my part in this tragedy. I can only hope to one day receive your forgiveness."

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"I am sorry I stole Loretta from you," Leggette said. "I know sorry does not reverse what has happened and I do not expect forgiveness, though I pray that you be filled with fond, joyful loving memories of Loretta and I hope my plea of guilt helps in any way possible with your recovery. Loretta was very kind to me in the short time I knew her and I thank her for that kindness."

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"The treachery of Mr. Leggette and Ms. Henneberry has polluted so many lives," said Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge Josh Arnold.

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