It was a shock and a community.
It was brutal, it was violent, it was senseless.
It was a choice that changed everything.
This man has taken so much away from us.
We can't even call him a person and he's an animal.
A random act of violence.
We have two young kids doing an innocent thing.
Two teenage kids doing what teenage kids do in a place in the mountains where everybody
and a community went from time to time.
Every parent's nightmare, every parent's nightmare.
Investigators say the 19 year old told them he decided to randomly shoot
two teens while they were taking pictures.
The attack killed Zachary Snar and critically wounded his best friend,
Yvette Rodier, both 18 years old.
That's the story people heard on the news.
And we've come to expect every painful element of this kind of tragedy.
When you have that much hatred and anger in you, you become that.
You are angry and hateful.
I've destroyed myself and everybody around me.
But no one expected what came decades later.
I'm journalist Amy Donaldson and I've spent my career talking about how lives are undone by violence.
This is a story of how they are remade.
There must be a reason I'm here, right?
I need to do something.
From the wreckage, a survivor rewrites the story of her life.
Once I lived and I'm coming out into society, I have all the cards, I have all the choices.
For devastated parents, it's about healing, change, and something no one saw coming.
The possibility of redemption.
She says, well, he wants to give you a letter.
And I just looked at her and I said, I've waited 22 years for that letter.
From case I'll podcast, Lemonada, and Workcast Media.
Sometimes I thought there are no miracles.
Yeah, there are.
There's a big one.