COLONIAL HEIGHTS (WRIC) - Rusty Mack's mother is calling on the community to forgive the man once charged with her son's murder.
On February 28, 2013, Rusty Mack was in an altercation in front of his home in Colonial Heights. He later died from his injuries.
One of the alleged attackers was his cousin, Jonathan Guy. Guy sat in jail for nine months awaiting his trial. In November, he was acquitted on murder charges.
One year later, Jonathan Guy says he moved to Kentucky because of all the hostility.
But now Rusty Mack's mother, Belinda Cardwell, says new information has been shared with her, and she is thankful Jonathan Guy is a free man.
"I feel bad that he had to be there for nine months," she says. "Jail is not a pretty place."
She says new information that was shared with her shows that despite Jonathan Guy fighting with her son, that had nothing to do with his death.
"The Medical Examiner said that he wouldn't have caused Rusty's death by just them fighting like that, and after that he got up and was alright."
Jonathan Guy is actually Rusty's cousin, and Rusty's mom says she believes now that Guy tried to make sure her son was alright.
She is now calling on those still angry about Guy's acquittal to come together, and reunite as a city.
"Find it in their hearts to forgive him. He's really not the reason Rusty's not here.
Cardwell says she has even invited Guy's family to a candlelight vigil that is being held Friday night in Rusty's honor.
She hopes this is the beginning of the healing process between that family.
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