He went looking for his mother’s killer and now they are best friends

Sharlene was murdered in April 1993 by Jason Clark a subject who assaulted her at an ATM in Australia. The man stabbed the 22-year-old woman, orphaning her little-over-a-year-old daughter. The incredible thing is that 29 years later, Clark has become one of the closest friends of Sharlene’s daughter, who now has four babies, is an activist and a writer.

Sharlene’s biological daughter, Mariah Lucas She was only 15 months old when her mother passed away. She remembers hearing stories from her parent growing up about her love of singing and dancing, but never about the circumstances of her death. It was only when she turned 12 that the identity of the murderer was revealed to her. However, she never considered doing anything with that information.

Everything would change when a wisdom tooth extraction operation became complicated, causing an infection and leaving her in a coma. During this period, she swears that she would have had visions of her deceased mother.

“My heart stopped and I saw mom, (was) standing there in the breeze, in a white dress. My hands reached out for her, but she smiled and shook her head. Coming to my senses, I felt peace,” she explained during an interview with “News.com.au”.

Upon awakening, Mariah interpreted the vision as a message asking her to forgive her mother’s killer. Despite her family’s denials, the woman decided to write a five-page letter to Jason, offering him forgiveness and rehabilitation.

A month after Mariah sent the letter, Javier Stauring executive director of Healing Dialogue and Action a charity for homicide victims, wrote to the young woman to offer her a meeting with Jason, who was now eligible for parole. She accepted.

“He was sitting in a chair shaking and breathing heavily, with tears in his eyes,” Mariah described. “All my nerves disappeared. Without even thinking about it, I walked over to him and we hugged,” she continued.

The woman talked to Jason about the reasons behind the murder. Along that line, she listened as he recounted how drug use and desperation had turned him into the empty shell of a functional person.

After the meeting, which lasted approximately three hours, they both went to dinner and, a week later, they met with Mariah’s children who were six, four and two years old. Jason remembers her saying the following to him: “You will meet Mom’s grandchildren. She never had that opportunity.”

The minors received no explanation as to who Jason was. They only told them that he was responsible for the grandmother not being present to see them grow up.

According to Mariah, year after year, the friendship between the two has grown.

Mariah is currently working with charities on prison reform. “I really appreciate my friendship with Jason. Through him, I learned the incredible healing power of forgiveness,” she states.