In 1993, a mother lost her only son when Oshea Israel shot him during an argument at a party. Her initial reaction was that she wanted justice. She wanted him to pay for his crime, which he did. After serving 17 years of a 25.5 year sentence, he was released from jail and returned back to his old neighborhood—right next door to Mary. This was not by accident, but by a remarkable act of mercy. A few years prior to his release, Mary was overcome by the conviction to forgive him, so she set out to do just so through the course of several meetings. After some time, she was able to not only forgive him, but help him upon his departure from prison. In fact, they don’t just live close to each other—they are close in spirit. Mary gives God the glory with her ability to forgive such a tragedy, "unforgiveness is like cancer. It will eat you from the inside out. It’s not about the other person, me forgiving him does not diminish what he’s done. Yes, he murdered my son - but the forgiveness is for me. It’s just for me."