Child Killer's Suicide Gives Him the Easiest Way Out

The killing of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera was one of the most horrific crimes against a young girl in recent memory. The killer, 20-year-old Ryan Brunn, is now dead. He hanged himself in prison, which means we can all rest easier knowing an evil person is gone. But even with that relief comes the sad, almost unbearable truth: His death will not bring back Jorelys.

Brunn confessed to the almost unspeakably brutal crime back in December after the 7-year-old's body was found in a trash receptacle in the apartment complex where she lived. Brunn was a recently hired maintenance worker. The details of the killing were gruesome, but perhaps almost as chilling was Brunn's ability to talk about them.

He was open about how he beat and tortured the girl and eventually killed her. Anyone with children has to be sick at the thought and we are probably all glad he is gone. But his suicide isn't justice for Jorelys.


The fact is, any suicide in prison means that the prisoner doesn't serve his time for the crime. He (or she) takes the "easy" way out, and while it's a gift any time a child killer stops roaming the street, this suicide isn't going to bring back the victim or punish him the way he ought to be punished.

His suffering is over, but the family of Jorelys will now suffer forever. Rivera's father told CNN:

[It makes me] feel good but, on the other hand, it doesn't because my daughter will never be with me again. What I wanted was for them to put him in the electric chair and burn him. I would have taken him there myself and prepared it, so he would burn.

Either way he is dead. But somehow being dead at his own hand feels less like justice. It feels like a cop-out, like the "easy" way out, and no one who does something so cruel to a child should ever get the "easy" anything.

There is no doubt that a person who even thinks about doing something like this to a child shouldn't be on the street. But this guy not only thought about it, he DID it. And then he confessed to it, saying he was wrong and that he "deserved" punishment. In many ways, it seems worse than someone who is just crazy.

He knew what he did was wrong. He knew it was sick and cruel and evil and he did it anyway. His "remorse" means nothing to her grieving parents and it means nothing to any of us. And now he is dead, just a few weeks after what he did to her. It's a complete waste of life in every sense of the phrase.

This is one of those cases that makes a person hope there is a God somewhere and that this evil person is getting the punishment he deserves. If he can't get it here, let's hope he gets it somewhere else.

Do you think suicide is justice?


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