The parents of 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadef, one of the 17 people killed in the Parkland massacre, said they were disgusted by a jury’s decision to sentence the gunman to life in prison.
Laurie and Ilan Alhadaf spoke to reporters shortly after the recommendation was read in court.
Ilan said his family was “disappointed with the result” and “should have been the death penalty – 100%.”
“I am disgusted with our legal system,” the angry father said outside court. “I hate those jurors.”
Both parents questioned the purpose of the death penalty in Florida’s legal system, if not in the case of a mass school shooter.
“Why the death penalty?” Lori asked.
She called on law enforcement to do more to prevent school shootings and to be more aggressive in stopping them.
“Law enforcement has to do their job,” the mother said. “Your job as a police officer is to go in and intervene and eliminate the threat. If you can’t do that, don’t work.
The Alhadeffs said their nonprofit organization, Make Schools Safe, will continue to work to advocate for stricter school safety policies.
Ilan thanked the state for prosecuting the Parkland gunman, condemning the outcome of the trial.
“The system continues to fail us,” he said.
About Alyssa Alhadef: Alyssa Stoneman, 14, was a student at Douglas and a soccer player for Parkland travel soccer.
“Alyssa Alhadeff was a beloved member of our club and community,” Parkland Travel Soccer said on Facebook. “Alyssa will be greatly missed.”
Lori told HLN that she dropped her daughter off at school the day of the shooting and said, “I love you.” When the mother came to know about the attack, she rushed to the school but was late.
“Then I knew she was gone. I felt it in my heart,” she said.
You can read about all the victims here.