A husband forgave the man accused of killing his wife, who was a pastor, in a hit-and-run incident.
Husband forgives accused
On the Christmas Eve of 2022, 62-year-old pastor Trina Newman-Townsend was killed in a hit-and-run while she was dropping off toys at a shelter in Los Angeles. After hitting the victim, the driver immediately escaped from the scene. 55-year-old Carlos Mayor was later arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
“A blue mid-size sedan traveling northbound on South Broadway struck her and fled northbound on South Broadway, failing to stop or render aid,” LAPD said in a statement.
Carlos is scheduled to appear in court on January 25, his bail has been set at $50,000. Trina’s husband, Curtis Townsend Sr., has forgiven the accused.
“Carlos, I forgive you. You panicked. Things happen,” he said.
During her memorial on December 29, family and friends honored the late pastor who is a mother to two biological children and six foster children.
“My mother was a phenomenal woman. Love is a verb — people forget that. She showed you that she loved you. … She had a heart. That lady, she loved unconditionally,” her daughter Callie Harvey said.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up to “celebrate and honor” Trina.
“Her days were filled with love, laughter, faith, and communion. She always made sure the family gathered together and everyone was celebrated. Those blessed with her presence always felt welcomed, were well accommodated, and received so much of her love. Selfless is an understatement,” the fundraiser says.
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Reference: The Christian Post