By MATTHEW BARAKAT , 04.07.2006, 02:55 AM
One boy wanted to become an astronaut so he could go into space and find his daddy in heaven. One girl lost her father, a hero firefighter, before she was even born.
The tales of pain and devastation wrought by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were told Thursday as prosecutors opened the second phase of their death-penalty case against Zacarias Moussaoui. Dozens of equally painful tales are expected as the trial continues.
In this second phase of the trial, prosecutors are seeking to prove Moussaoui deserves execution by highlighting the personal toll inflicted on so many on Sept. 11.
Moussaoui, the only person in this country charged in the Sept. 11 attacks, was found eligible for the death penalty Monday when a jury concluded that he directly caused at least one of the deaths on that day.
Courtroom observers and some jurors were shaken as they heard some of the victim-impact testimony.
An Nguyen was 4 years old when his father, Khang Nguyen, was killed at the Pentagon. Prosecutors showed a picture of An standing at the Pentagon gates a few days after the attack, looking for his dad.
"He became heartbroken, quiet," said An's mother, Tu Nguyen. "He didn't have enough words to express his feelings."
When An was told his dad was in heaven, An decided he wanted to become an astronaut, "so he can go into space and look for his daddy," she told the jury.
Moussaoui made light of the testimony he heard.
"No pain, no gain, America," he said at the end of Thursday's hearing.
The government's first witness, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, became choked up when he described how his longtime secretary Beth Petrone Hatton lost her husband, firefighter Terence S. Hatton, in the attacks.
A few days after Terence Hatton died, Beth Hatton learned that she was pregnant with the couple's first child.
Emotions increased when a picture of the baby girl, born in May 2002, flashed on courtroom screens.
"Terry's going to grow up without a father ... without a very special father," Giuliani said. "You can't replace that."
Bolding is mine. I hate this bastard. I hope we do execute him. Slather him in pig's blood and let a woman inject him.
This post has been edited by Annie: 15 October 2006 - 03:31 PM