Finds Power in His Pain?
Garrard McClendon '88
Garrard McClendon’s parents were brutally murdered in 2009. Garrard’s prominence as an Emmy-award winning TV host in Chicago made his tragedy front page news for weeks. Many stories focused on the unexpected decision Garrard made on the way to his parents’ home – he chose to forgive. “Did I want them in prison? Of course! Forgiveness has nothing to do with punishment. People get that twisted. Forgiveness is for yourelf. If I don’t forgive, I can’t wake up tomorrow morning and do what I need to do. That’s what it’s about.” Garrard is finishing Forgiving Cain, a documentary about gun violence and the power of forgiveness featureing interviews with 22 families who also lost loved ones to murder. “It still hurts, but every interview helped me realize I’m not the only one in this.” Garrard hopes that Forgiving Cain will be a wake up call – a call for forgiveness – and will heighten the awareness of the accessibility of guns “These are stories that have to be told. They will help people deal with grief. But the most important goal is to show how precious life is. To ask the question: What is a human life worth? Do we value human life?”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.