Raphael Hameed wheeled up to the woman who killed his 5-year-old son and placed his hand on her back.Our story followed Raphael back to his childhood, before talking about the accident and how his willingness to forgive created something of a domino effect of kindness.
The simple gesture of comfort as Xyrjah Goldston wept inside a Colorado Springs courtroom on Tuesday epitomized "one of the most unusual cases" ever before 4th Judicial District Court Judge Barney Iuppa. The judge blew his nose and appeared on the verge of tears before announcing Goldston's sentence for causing the deadly crash on July 8, 2014.
"I doubt if I lost my son, that I'd have grace and dignity and forgiveness that you have demonstrated today, and I commend you for that," Iuppa said.
It led to another blessed turn: the friendship of Megiddëh Goldston.
Goldston, 26, is strikingly pretty, with long, dark hair and tattoos on her back. She was married to an Ethiopian man, but divorced a few years back and moved in with a pair of brothers she knew from Wasson High School. The school had been a tough experience, where she says a basketball coach tried to rape her, causing her to stop playing the sport and dropping out of orchestra. She calls Xyrjah her "baby girl."
Medicaid was paying the Hameeds' medical bills, but everything else required help, so in stepped Megiddëh. She had been contacted by Raphael after she donated to the family's emergency GoFundMe account. (Of the roughly $6,500 raised by the public, $670 bears the name "Goldston.")