Willie Manning’s daughter turned 3 years old soon after he entered death row; she is now 27. Willie has thus been absent for most of his daughter’s childhood and adolescence, and for much of her twenties; he has been unable to share important milestones with her. Equally, his daughter has been unable to benefit from Willie’s support during her formative years: her father’s incarceration has punished her too.
It is not just Willie’s daughter who has missed out: his brothers and other relatives have also suffered from his absence.
This holiday season we send our very best wishes not just to Willie, but to his family as well. We trust they will not have to wait much longer before Willie can finally leave death row.