Could You Forgive Your Brother's Killer?

When Anthony Colon's anger dissolved, he could embrace his sibling's murderer.

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Anthony Colon and Michael Rowe at Rowe's graduation ceremony in 2012 (CNN)

After his older brother was killed, Anthony Colon was inconsolable. But as he matured, his feelings of rage became seeds of forgiveness for Michael Rowe, his sibling's murderer, reports CNN.

Then one summer day, a chance encounter while visiting a friend at the Eastern Correctional Facility in Ulster County, New York, changed his life.

He looked across the room and saw Michael Rowe, one of the men who had murdered his brother.

Rowe saw him too and tried to duck down.

"I was expecting that we would be you know, it would be a fight, some type of physical violent altercation," said Rowe.

Rowe recalls feeling remorse and shame, unable to forgive himself for murdering another young man – and afraid of retaliation.

Colon walked straight up to him and said: "Brother, I've been praying for you. I forgave you. I've been praying I would see you again."

The meeting would transform both men's lives.

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