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Kim Kardashian West criticizes execution of Brandon Bernard

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Kim Kardashian West is criticizing the execution by the federal government Thursday of Brandon Bernard, tweeting that Bernard had reformed and that the system has to change.

Bernard was 18 when he was involved in the Texas kidnappings and killings of a religious couple from Iowa, who were put in the trunk of a car by a group of four teenagers and later shot by one of the men in the group. That individual, Christopher Vialva, was the oldest involved in the killings, and was executed earlier this year.

Bernard’s execution was unusual because he was only 18 when the crimes were committed, and because it took place during the presidential transition. 

It’s also one of the first federal executions to take place after the Justice Department under President Trump resumed them earlier this year after 17 years in which none took place.

West had publicly pleaded with Trump to intervene and commute Bernard’s sentence.

West tweeted all day Wednesday and Thursday as she counted down the hours to Bernard’s execution, giving updates on Bernard’s appeal. He was pronounced dead at 9:27 p.m. EST, according to The Associated Press. He was executed in Terre Haute, Ind.

“I’m so messed up right now. They killed Brandon,” West tweeted in a lengthy thread. “He was such a reformed person. So hopeful and positive until the end. More importantly he is sorry, so sorry for the hurt and pain he has caused others.”

West said Brandon wanted her to thank everyone that supported him, and that the main lesson he learned in life was not to hang out with the wrong crowd. She also said they would talk a lot about music, and said he was a master at crochet.

“I could go on and on about what an amazing person Brandon was. I do know he left this earth feeling supported and loved and at peace,” she tweeted. “This just has to change: our system is so f—ed up.”

Bernard was executed by lethal injection on Thursday, the AP reported

Bernard did not shoot the two victims of the kidnappings and killings, Todd and Stacie Bagley. But he was was convicted for his role in the crime. The car used in the crime was lit on fire by Bernard with the Bagleys’ bodies in it. And there was some question over whether Stacey Bagley was killed by the gunshot or the fire. 

The mother of Todd Bagley thanked Trump and Attorney General William Barr, calling the killing of her son and his wife a senseless act of unnecessary evil, according to the AP.

Tags Capital punishment death penalty Donald Trump federal execution Kanye West Kim Kardashian Kim Kardashian West William Barr
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