Sunayana Dumala, widow of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was shot dead in the US, told the murderer that if he had just kept his anger aside, "Srinu would have been happy to...help you understand that not every brown-skinned person is suspicious or evil."
Adam Purinton, the accused, was yesterday sentenced to three consecutive life sentences on hate crime charges.
'Choose kindness over violence': Dumala releases emotional statement
After the sentencing, Dumala, in an emotional statement, said: "My husband was more than what you chose to address him as. Always kind, caring, and respectful. Srinu and I came to the US full of dreams and aspirations....Now, my American Dream- and that of Srinu's- is broken."
"Use this time being given to you to educate yourself and inform others....and stop them from killing innocent people as you did."
Indian-Americans raise $100,000 to help the 'true hero' who intervened
Meanwhile, the Indian-American community honored 24-year old Ian Grillot, who intervened during the crime and was shot himself, as 'A True American Hero' at the 14th annual gala of India House Houston last March.
The community also raised $100,000 to help him buy a house in his hometown, Kansas.
The move was supported by Dr Anupam Ray, the Consul General of India in Houston.