ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- The parents of a murder victim want life without parole for the convicted murderer of their daughter.
OnWednesday, Jayna Murray's parents, presented victim impact statements to Judge Robert A. Greenberg, who will decide the sentence for Brittany Norwood.
David Murray, Jayna's dad, paints a picture of an ambitious and intelligent girl who loved dancing, gymnastics, and traveling.
He fondly remembers that as a child Jayna insisted onquittingGirl Scouts so she could participate in Boy Scouts with her brothers.
David Murray says his daughter had great academic achievements. In her 30 years of life Jayna completed a two year abroad program with St. Louis University, a semester-at-sea program with the University of Pittsburgh, andreceiveda degree in International Business and Marketing from George Washington University. At the time of her death, she was earning an M.B.A from Johns Hopkins University.
Part of Mr. Murray's letter reads:
"l miss Jayna more than can be expressed in words. There is not a day that l do not think of her as shewas. She is in my daily thoughts and prayers and I often have dreams in which we visit. There are also dreams that I dread, David Murray said. She was more than a daughter; she was one of my four best friends. There was no subject we could not or did not discuss. I admired her and respected her as a person."
Phyllis Murray's, Jayna Murray's mother, letter is filled with memories of a little girl with big dreams. She recounts a class assignment from Jayna's childhood where she talks of being a dancer, a gymnast, a professor and mother in her future.
"Although Jayna's goal direction and dreams started early, they were ongoing. She did not reside very long in a comfort zone. She was always seeking new activities and continually learning. She also set time lines which eliminated procrastination. When she went off to college, she announced that she would be finished in four years and she was. Graduate school had a three year deadline and she would have met it," Phyllis Murray said.
Both letters end with a strong plea for life inprisonwithout thepossibilityof parole for the convicted.
She is set to be sentenced on Friday. She faces a maximum sentence of life, without parole.