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Father of woman killed by U.S. base worker jots down his feelings

NHK reported at noon that on Nov. 19, six months will have passed since the murder of a Japanese woman by a U.S. base worker in Uruma, Okinawa. The victim’s father reportedly described his feelings in writing and sent the document to the network. The father wrote: “I remember the days when I was desperately looking for her, believing that she was still alive. Every morning when I sit in front of the altar to pray, tears start to fall from my eyes. Why did it have to be my daughter? Why did she have to be murdered? I still don’t know how to feel when I think about her.” Concerning the suspect, he wrote: “I want him to get the death penalty. No excuse is acceptable.” He reportedly concluded by expressing hope for the removal of U.S. bases in Okinawa as soon as possible.

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