Murdered 6-year-old Fil-Am’s father forgives suspected killer

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Aug. 14, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Just days after 17-year-old Gabriel Gaeta was charged with the rape and murder of 6-year-old Fil-Am Jenise Wright, the girl’s father said he forgives the teen suspect for killing his daughter.

James Wright told local media on Wednesday that Gaeta – who was a neighbor and family friend – “chose wrong” and that he had already forgiven him.

Wright is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. He reportedly said, “How can I be in God’s grace if I don’t forgive?”

Gaeta was arrested last Saturday after Jenise’s body was found buried in mud near her home in East Bremerton Washington last Thursday. The girl had been missing for four days.

Gaeta faces charges that include first degree murder with aggravated circumstances and first degree rape of a child.

Meanwhile, James wright and wife Denise are working to regain custody of three of their children who were removed from their home when the search for Jenise began.

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