- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 5, 2002

Jocelyn Bridges had never met Marion Lewis, but she cried when she saw him.
Mrs. Bridges, a mother of six from Philadelphia, lost her husband to the serial sniper, and Mr. Lewis lost his daughter.
"I think the greater the tragedy, the greater the relief," Mrs. Bridges said. "I'm just waiting for my relief."
They were among several people whose family members were killed by the Washington area serial sniper and who met Saturday for interviews with television's "Inside Edition." The segment is scheduled to air tonight.
"My perception is we're almost sharing the grief," Mr. Lewis said. "Spreading the weight of it among all of our shoulders helps lighten the load a little bit."
Mr. Lewis' 25-year-old daughter, Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, was killed as she vacuumed her van at a Kensington gas station. Eight days later, Mrs. Bridges' husband, Kenneth, 53, died as he filled his car with gas in Fredericksburg, Va.
They were among 10 persons killed during the three-week shooting spree. Three others were critically wounded.
John Allen Muhammad, 41, and John Lee Malvo, 17, have been charged in connection with the shooting spree. Authorities also have linked them with two killings in Alabama and Louisiana and another shooting in Silver Spring in September. The investigation continues.
As the families greeted each other, they hugged and offered condolences. Gathering in small circles, they skipped the small talk of new acquaintances, instead speaking quietly of God and faith and about they are getting through every day.
Mr. Lewis recalled hearing the news of another person killed, then another, for 19 days after his daughter died.
He said memories of his daughter came flooding back with each new shooting.
Others watched and listened in silence. Mrs. Lewis-Rivera's mother, Jo, didn't speak as her husband answered questions about their daughter, who left behind a husband and 2-year-old daughter.
Their other child, 30-year-old Charity Randall, says she has been comforting her parents while trying to cope with her sister's death.
"I'm just trying to be there for them and give them all the hugs and kisses I can," she said. "I'm just trying to comfort them."
Other family members struggled to understand what motivated the suspects.
"I'd just like to unlock the box to see what went into making two individuals do this," said Larry Meyers Sr., whose brother Dean Meyers, 53, was gunned down Oct. 9 at a gas station in Manassas.
They also showed compassion for the police, who at times struggled with the case and had the suspected snipers within their reach.
"At this point, there's no reason to assign any blame," Mr. Lewis said.
Andrea Walekar, whose father, Prem Kumar Walekar, was killed Oct. 3 at gas station in Rockville, had no comment about whether a convicted killer should get a death penalty.
"God is the only one who can judge anybody," she said.

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