Fallen MN Soldier's Family Reacts to Hasan Conviction
Former Army Psychiatrist Nidal Hasan showed no reaction Friday as a military jury found him guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the 2009 fort hood shooting. Among his victims was a St. Paul man and father of three.
That man was private first class Kham Xiong. KSTP spoke with his brother-in-law Koufan Hersons. He says, even though it's been 4 years since Xiong's death, the pain is still there.
"Most everybody kind of recovered but my sister, I think she's stuck there still in the period," Hersons said.
Hersons' sister was married to Xiong. He says, it's hard for her to move on when the trial of the man convicted of killing her husband just ended.
"She keep update on Facebook everyday, daily of what's going on. We couldn't be down there to participate but she just updated us that he was convicted of murder," he said.
Hersons says, right now they can't feel that justice has taken place. He believes it will take some time to set in. But if he had a chance to speak with Major Nidal Malik Hasan, Hersons says, he's not sure.
"I would probably stare at him with confusion, that's probably all I could do for now. Regardless of what I say to him, I want to do to him, it won't change anything," Hersons said.
Hersons says, what he misses most about his brother-in-law is his willingness to laugh and not take things to serious.
As for Hasan, he could face the death penalty which would make him the first U.S. soldier sentenced to death in decades.