Heartbroken and horrified by this story out of Salt Lake City, where testimony began this week in the trial of a man accused of the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of a 7-year-old girl in 2008.
Utah murder victim’s family tearfully testifies about her
26-year-old Esar Met is charged with first-degree felony counts of child kidnapping and aggravated murder for the slaying of Hser Ner Moo. She lived in the same neighborhood and was found dead in a shower stall inside Met's basement apartment.
Members of Hser's family, who are refugees from Burma, took the witness stand Wednesday to testify in the case against Met. Speaking through an interpreter, her father told the court the death of his daughter was the "greatest loss" of his life.
"She was my one, my only one," her father, Cartoon Wah, said through an interpreter, translating from his native tongue of Karen. "I have lost many things in my life, but this was the biggest loss of my life. ... Now I have to carry on living with this broken heart and support my family."More here: Murder trial: Parents of slain 7-year-old describe losing daughter
Wah, a slight man from the country now known as Myanmar, took the witness stand Wednesday morning to testify in the case against the man accused of killing his child.
It was the second day of testimony in a three-week trial prosecutors hope will convince a jury that Esar Met is the man responsible for the little girl’s death on March 31, 2008.
Esar Met, also a Burmese refugee, is charged in 3rd District Court with first-degree felony counts of child kidnapping and aggravated murder for the slaying of Hser Ner Moo, 7. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.