JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The lifetime of Mark Asay is scheduled to finish Thursday, however the household of certainly one of his two 1987 homicide victims is being pieced again collectively — whilst they anticipate the closure Asay’s execution will convey them.
Asay, fifty three, was convicted of the murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell, who have been shot to dying individually the morning of July 18, 1987. Asay is scheduled to die for these murders at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Hours after News4Jax interviewed considered one of Booker’s thirteen siblings about his emotions surrounding the looming execution, Booker’s lengthy-misplaced son contacted us, hoping to get in contact with the household he by no means knew.
Terrance Maddox was eleven years previous when his father, a black man, was gunned down by Asay after Asay referred to as him a racial slur, in response to police.
“It was that night when my mother got here in and advised us, ‘Your dad received shot and killed,’” Maddox recalled.
His household stored a newspaper clipping concerning the homicide for 30 years. It has pale through the years, however the reminiscence has not, Maddox stated.
“(He) took a father from me,” Maddox stated of Asay, including that he refuses to harbor hate towards his father’s killer. “I do not hate him, as a result of (then) he has energy. If you hate this man after 30 years, he is nonetheless controlling you, your emotions, your feelings.”
Maddox stated after seeing his uncle, Frank Booker, his father’s oldest dwelling brother, interviewed on News4Jax, he was anxious to attempt to reunite with the household he hasn’t seen since he was eleven years previous.
“One life ends and one other begins. One thing closes and one thing opens for all this to return collectively,” Maddox stated. “This can be a closure.”