Kim Kardashian was left in tears as she spoke to prisoner Brandon Bernard for the final time before his execution.
Bernard, 40, received the death penalty for killing two married youth ministers in 1999. Aged 18 he was found guilty, alongside accomplice Christopher Vialva, of carjacking and murdering Christian youth ministers Todd and Stacie Bagley at the Fort Hood army base in Texas 20 years ago.
Vialva was executed by lethal injection in September and Bernard’s case was brought to Kim’s attention in November. She had made a desperate last minute plea to US president Donald Trump to stay his execution, after a judge denied a request to have it halted.
Kim was seen counting down the hours until Bernard’s execution on Instagram on Thursday, before revealing she was left in tears during a final phone call with the inmate before he died.
She told fans the phone call was the ‘hardest call’ she’s ever had to make and how she couldn’t say goodbye to Bernard, instead telling him she’d ‘see him soon’.
A heartbroken Kim revealed: ‘Just spoke to Brandon for what will likely be the last time. Hardest call I’ve ever had. Brandon, selfless as always, was focused on his family and making sure they are ok.
‘He told me not to cry because our fight isn’t over. When he told me he’s claustrophobic and they offered to give him a shot of sedative to calm him down before they put him in the chair and he just didn’t want to panic, I literally lost it.’
She continued: ‘I had to mute my phone so he wouldn’t hear me cry like that, we didn’t say goodbye [because] we wanted to be hopeful that we would talk again. We said see you soon.’
Following confirmation of Bernard’s execution, Kim shared a message on his behalf.
She wrote: ‘Brandon wanted me to tell every single person who worked on his behalf supporting him in any way, a huge thank you. He was certain he was gonna have the chance to tell you all himself and write you all letters but he told me to tell you all how grateful he is for you.’
‘His main message that he learned in his life was to not hang out with the wrong crowd. That was so important to him that he shared that with the youth. It got him caught up and he made poor choices,’ Kim said.
While Kim added her heart goes out to the families of the victims of the shooting and that she doesn’t ‘diminish’ the crime that occurred, she called for system reform and argued that killing Bernard, who she claims has since ‘rehabilitated himself’, isn’t right.
Kim then paid tribute to Bernard on Instagram, sharing a photo of him with her followers alongside the caption: ‘Rest Peacefully Brandon Bernard ?. It was so great getting to know him. Especially on National Human Rights Day.
‘I hope we all can have a little compassion for the men and women who are locked up, many of whom have spent their time inside learning and growing and changing. Just a quick reminder that sometimes people rehabilitate and reform their lives into being a great person when they make awful choices as children.’
She continued: ‘My fight to save a life from the unjust death penalty never takes away my empathy I have for the victims and their families. Everyone is hurting and no body wins here, I just pray for peace for everyone involved.’
Kim has been actively campaigning for prison reform, with her efforts seeing her study law and planning to take the bar in 2022.
She has already facilitated the successful release of inmates, including Alice Johnson, and it’s reported Tiger King star Joe Exotic has reached out to the mum-of-four to convince Donald Trump to give him a presidential pardon.
Credit: Original article published here.