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Monday, November 24, 2014
'I almost lost everything'
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Robert Giugliano and his daughter, Dina, are grateful for the lives they have after a fateful day 20 years ago.

“All I remember is that there were stretchers everywhere, a lot of lights, a lot of sound, a lot of people, movement of people, a lot of tears and a lot of heavy feelings of sadness and anxiety,” Dina said. “My father was covered in blood. I’m hysterically crying and holding his hand. He’s saying, ‘I love you, I love you,’ like he’s dying. I knew in my soul that he wasn’t dying. I was very connected to my God and I had a very strong faith then. I remember not saying much, just crying, watching everything and mommy and daddy holding hands. Dad kept saying I love you. All I was saying was ‘God.’”

Dina said that the impact she felt at her school, H. Frank Carey High, was very positive. She commended the faculty in offering its support but said she found it odd that other students were treating her and Dawn like celebrities. “I didn’t want to be known for that. I was mourning,” she said. She also said that the shooting, and especially having it hit so close to home, caused her to have so much hate and anger. Those same sentiments were the ones echoed by her father in his impact speech during Ferguson’s trial. The shooter had chosen to represent himself and that made it more difficult for the injured and the families of those who were killed because they had to face the man that shot them or their loved ones.

“I was very angry,” he said. “I almost lost my life, I almost lost my marriage, I had my three beautiful daughters to take care of and I almost lost everything. I was never [in court making my impact speech] on a political agenda. I was there as a family man. I never took my eyes off of him. I had to do what I had to do to show him that ‘I’m more powerful than you are.’ He didn’t know what to do with me. He dropped his papers and had to take a recess. I remember watching the news after and they were saying ‘if this was a boxing match, Giugliano has him on the ropes,’ so I knew I won. I wanted to face him. A lot of people said ‘you said what we wanted to say.’”

During his statement, Giugliano directed some of the blame toward gun manufacturers and said that all they are concerned about is making money. He also asked Judge Donald E. Belfi for five minutes with Furgeson, for which he, Giugliano, became most well-known for during the trial.

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