Could You Forgive Your Parent’s Killer?

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On October 19, 2009, Milton McClendon, dressed in a multicolored dress shirt with buttons, dark pants, and suspenders, and Ruby McClendon, dressed in a white shirt and dark pants, were found by a woman walking in the Wentworth Woods Forest Preserve, near Calumet City. The couple, who had that weekend celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary, had both been shot in the head.

Eight years after losing his parents, public TV talk show host and Chicago State University professor Garrard McClendon tells the story of his parents’ murder, getting this news minutes before he was to go on-air, and within the hour forgiving their killers, through the documentary, Forgiving Cain.

Though devastated by their family’s tragedy, Garrard, his brothers, and their parents’ community discovered how to heal and forgive.

Currently, in production, the film will also highlight the forgiveness of murder by 22 families enduring similar tragedies and explores ways to end violence.

“Through this film, we invite the public to imagine a world without violence and where forgiveness is the norm,” says Garrard. “It’s time to tell these stories.”

The public is invited to contribute to the completion of the film through donations that can be made at

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