Brandon Biggs offered something rare to the woman convicted of killing his dad: forgiveness.
Now Death Row inmates are doing something that would seem equally unusual: thanking Biggs for daring to be kind to a killer, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
A $10,000 scholarship generated through Compassion, a newsletter written and edited by Death Row inmates, is being awarded to Biggs to help him continue to study for the ministry.
During an emotional victim impact statement at the murder trial in June, Biggs said that he has forgiven Chante Mallard, the Fort Worth woman sentenced to 50 years in prison for striking his dad, Gregory Biggs, with her car and leaving him to die entangled in her windshield.
“His overwhelming desire to forgive this woman, it’s not something that you generally hear from the public,” said Dennis Skillicorn, a Missouri inmate who is Compassion’s editor. “The message that he was trying to give was far more valuable than any amount of money we could ever give him.”
Biggs, 20, a sophomore pastoral ministry student at a Texas Bible school, said the scholarship will help pay his tuition.