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Ryce Family Statements

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The Sun-Sentinel has video of the statements of Don and Ted Ryce following the execution of Juan Carlos Chavez, along with a story from staff and wire reports.  Local10.com (WPLG) has this report.

Statement of Don Ryce:

Nineteen years ago, Juan Carlos Chavez was faced with a choice. He kidnapped my son Jimmy, he sexually assaulted him and [then] it was time to decide would he let him live or would he take his life. We know what he decided to do and the choice he made.

As a result of that choice, he died today. This choice unfortunately will come up in the future in other cases when someone has committed a crime against a child, molested one, raped one or kidnapped one.  They also will be faced with the same kind of choice that Chavez was faced with so long ago.

When they do, when they're processing what they think they want to do, I hope they will remember that it will be burned in their mind, four words: Don't kill the child, don't kill the child, because if they do people will not forget, they will not forgive, we will hunt you down and we will put you to death.
Statement of Ted Ryce:

Many people have asked why I decided to come today. I did not come today to celebrate Juan Carlos's execution. In fact, I did not want to come. So why did I come? I came here to represent my brother Jimmy Ryce. I came here for my sister Martha and my mother, Claudine. I came here today because I believe in the justice that has been served on this day. I am here to support that belief.

I'm also here today as a symbol of strength to show you that in spite of all the terrible tragedies we've been through, my father and I still stand strong and strength is something that is sorely lacking in our country today. Many people did not believe that Juan Carlos Chavez should be put to death for his horrible crime of raping and murdering my brother Jimmy Ryce. I believe this comes from a place of weakness, not strength. It comes from not being able to face the atrociousness of some men's actions and punish them on a level commensurate with their crime.

But we must be strong. We must do what it takes to send a clear message to other child predators that if they go after children, if they kill children, that they will die at the executioner's hands.  Today will bring no closure for my family. As my father has stated, 'Closure does not exist,' but the justice served this day after a painful 19 years will end the chapter on this part of our life and now we look forward to moving on. Thank you.
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