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Killer of Filipino Postal Worker Renounces Racism

Philippine News, Posted: Sep 17, 2009

LOS ANGELES - Buford ONeal Furrow Jr., 47, the gunman who killed postal worker Joseph Ileto 10 years ago, after unloading 70 rounds from a semiautomatic at a cluster of children at a Jewish school in California's San Fernando Valley, has renounced racism and expressed remorse for his crime.

Ileto and Furrow had never met before the killing. Furrow told authorities he chose to shoot Ileto because the latter was a minority and an employee of the federal government. He said he targeted the Jewish school as a wake-up call to America to kill Jews. An avowed white supremacist, Furrow was later convicted and given two life sentences without the possibility of parole.

I feel a life based on hate is no life at all, Furrow said in a letter from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. (Victims and their families) probably will never forgive me, but I am truly sorry and deeply regret the pain I caused, the convicted murderer said in a letter to a reporter seeking an interview to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the crime. Furrow did not explain why or how his values have changed.

Reaction from Iletos relatives to Bufords new sentiment was mixed. It still hurts that our brother and son was taken from us, and a letter wont make up for that, Josephs brother Ismael Ileto said on behalf of his mother and sisters. Its a positive thing that hes saying hes changed. It gives us some type of hope that people are able to rehabilitate themselves. And if this is a hopeful sign if it is true that this type of hateful thinking can someday be turned around.

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