Victims’ Stories

Heather was murdered in March 2006

Evelyn Mattia

Evelyn Mattia, sister of murder victim Heather Mattia, spoke with the campaign about her support for Prop. 66 and her sister’s life. In March 2006, Jean Pierre Rices brutally executed Heather Mattia and Firas Eiso in the store where they both worked, and Heather’s brother owned. After robbing the store, Rices and his partner in crime, […] Read More »

Kermit Alexander

Kermit and Tami Alexander

Kermit’s mother, sister and two nephews were murdered on August 31, 1984. Here is his story. The death penalty is not an easy topic to discuss. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we lived in a perfect world where we didn’t have to worry about protecting our family and loved ones from evil? But we do! […] Read More »

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis lost her son, a Pittsburg police officer, on April 25, 2005.  Here is her story. My life was forever altered on April 23, 2005, when my son, Pittsburg Police Officer Larry Lasater, was shot when he was ambushed during a foot pursuit of two robbers who had just committed an armed robbery of a […] Read More »

Marc Klaas

Marc Klaas

Marc’s daughter, Polly Klaas, was abducted and murdered on October 1, 1993. Here is his story. The events that transpired during the 1996 death penalty trial of my 12-year-old daughter Polly’s killer were extreme, even for a death penalty case, but the events that have transpired in the 17 years since simply defy belief. No […] Read More »