Friday, April 07, 2006

Moving testimony

The Moussaoui jury yesterday heard heart rending testimony from several witnesses who had lost loved ones from the 9/11 attacks.

Chandra Shekhar Kalahasthi, pictured above, was the last witness of the day. He and his sister, close in age, grew up in a small village in India. Their mother having mental retardation, and abandoned by their father, they were raised by grandparents.

Chandra became a software engineer and his sister, Prasanna, earned a degree in dentistry.

He told of his sister resisting a marriage arranged by their father, but that when she met her prospective groom she fell deeply in love. She married Vamsi and together they moved to Los Angeles.

Distressed after her husband died aboard one of the hijacked planes, she called Chandra in India and asked him to come to LA. When he arrived he found she had hanged herself. He read her very moving suicide letter from the witness stand.


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