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A single gunshot ended Chris Medeiros’ life and shattered many others.
“A boy that you left fatherless, while I got to raise my kid on my own because of choices you guys made. My son will never ever know what a father is,” victim’s girlfriend Chanda Avilla said.
A boy left without a father, a mother without a son.
“I do forgive you… I do, because I know my son’s heart,” victim’s mother Girlty Medeiros said.
Duran shot and killed Medeiros during a struggle with another man at a home on Lahaina Street in Waianae in September 2012.
At the sentencing on Tuesday, Medeiros’ mother had a warning for Duran.
“I don’t have any harsh words. It’s just that please, when you do come back out, please don’t get into trouble again,” Medeiros said.
Duran fought back tears throughout much of the hearing, offering up his apology.
“I never meant to hurt anybody and I’m sorry because I’m not a bad person. I know something has happened and somebody passed away. And I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart because I never meant for any of that to happen,” Duran said.
Duran was sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter. The Hawaii Paroling Authority will determine how long Duran will be locked up before he’s eligible for parole.
The defendant’s father talked about the dangerous combination on that September night.
“Drugs and violence doesn’t mix, you know the choices that they made,” Duran’s father said.
Duran struggled to find words.
“So sorry for Chris’ loss, I mean for the Medeiros’ family,” Duran said.