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This Is the Moment a Young Child Confronts the Man Who Killed His Father in Court


"He took someone that was in the center of my heart."

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During a sentencing hearing Wednesday, a young boy and his mother confronted the remorseless man convicted of killing the boy's father, tearfully condemning him for the murder that happened in a Wendy's drive-thru in Detroit last summer.

Although Dezmen Faqua still staunchly denies any part in the crime that occurred at the fast-food restaurant June 6, he was nonetheless convicted in court last month for second-degree murder, armed robbery and car-jacking, according to WXYZ-TV.

Christopher Reed, 28, was shot and killed in front of his two sons — aged 9 and 5 at the time. His elder son, Christopher Reed Jr., who was shot in the hand during the encounter, tearfully stood next to his mother before the court to address Faqua, according to Fox 2 Detroit.

"That was a bad idea and now I have to live with it for the rest of my life," Christopher said. "Why did he choose to do this? He shot me, gave my brother nightmares. He took someone that was in the center of my heart. He knows he wouldn't want anybody to take his daddy's life."

Faqua, along with an unknown suspect, reportedly worked together in committing the crimes against the Reed family. It is reported that the two also stole cash, a Rolex watch and possibly a handgun from the car, according to WXYZ. Faqua has been sentenced for 25-50 years, Click On Detroit reported.

"Another bad guy off the street. Just think about it. Just think about what he did, he's going to cry his eyes out," Christopher said before Faqua and the court as he read from a piece of paper, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

Stavetta Reed, Christopher's grandmother, reiterated his thoughts.

"June 6 was the worst night of our lives. [Faqua] took someone dear, special and loving from us,” Stavetta said, according to Click On Detroit. “There is one demon off the street.”

Throughout the emotional remarks, Faqua avoided eye contact with the bereaved family members before addressing them afterwards, saying, "I feel remorseful for whatever happened to their family. I hope they can get past the situation and find the right person who did it."

Watch Fox 2 Detroit's video of the confrontation below:

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