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“It was hard for me, but I felt like they needed to know,” Mrs. Muhammad said. “And you can’t put your head in the sand about this, this was worldwide news. To deprive them of the information would have been more of an insult to them and would have harmed them in the long run.”

They seem “pretty well now” as the execution date approaches, Mrs. Muhammad said. “We’re handling it one day at a time.”

Mrs. Muhammad is waiting for her children to say what they want to do on Tuesday evening when the execution takes place. Whatever it is, she said, “we will be at home,” together.