MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Hammad Memon will spend the next few decades in a state prison after pleading guilty to killing a middle school classmate. Todd Brown's family can only visit the 14-year-old's gravesite. WHNT NEWS 19 sat down with Brown's grandmother.
Lucille Hurst is pleased with Memon's sentence, but can't smile.
"Because we're so glad to get it over with. It's been almost 3 years. We feel the time they gave him is justified," said Hurst.
She is Brown's grandmother. She watched Memon admit to a judge he killed her Grandson.
Madison Police said more than three years ago, Memon shot the 14 year old in the back of the head during a class change at Discovery Middle School. The grandmother is a christian. She says she forgives Memon.
"It's going to be forever over with Todd. With Memon, he still has a long ways to go. His life is going to be hard for him. My heart still goes out to him also," added Hurst.
Hurst sat with her family, watched Memon talk to a judge and revealed the family wanted 60 years for Memon.
"I was sitting straight up. I wanted to hear everything that was said," added Hurst.
Memon apologized in front of the judge. Hurst was disappointed.
"I would have felt better if he looked at the family and said forgive me. Even though he said it, we heard him say it, I am going to take it that he meant it," added Hurst.
Brown is gone. The love for him remains.
Hurst showed WHNT NEWS 19 around a room he never used.
She treated Brown more like a son than anything.
'He was a little chubby sweet kid. No matter when he saw me, or any family member, he would love to give a hug or kiss.' 00:27:16...23
Memon is the reason Brown never slept in the room at his grandmother's. She watched the shooter talk to the judge and noticed Memon had a different look.
'Now, I say, what he gets I won`t feel as bad about it because he is more of a man than he was at that time," added Hurst.
Hurst sometimes walks into Brown's unused room, looks around knowing she can't hug or kiss her grandson.
She is left with speaking a few words to his memory.
"I would tell him we got some justice. We are going to continue to love you and miss you. But, Memon did get some justice for what he did to you. Your family will go on and never forget you," added Hurst.
Hurst's love overflows from Brown's bedroom to his final resting place. She placed flowers and ornaments on Brown's grave hours after the judge sentenced Memon.