Murder Victim's Mom Calls Killer Coward

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The mother and kid sister of a man shot to death outside a Topeka pool hall lash out at his killer during his sentencing in Shawnee County District Court.

Judi Kalina on Thursday called Timothy Abdul-Kareem Shahid a ``coward'' and a ``monster'' for killing her son, Josh Kalina, on April 24, 2007. The 20-year-old Kalina was gunned down in a parking lot at Terry's Billiards after he and Shahid met that evening.

Kalina's younger sister, Jamie Kalina, said photographs she saw of her brother with bullet holes in his chest have haunted her. Since his death, she named her younger son, Josh, after her brother.

Judi Kalina said she suffers nightmares.

Shahid was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for his guilty pleas to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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