Family of murdered teen delivers emotional statements to killer

<p>The family of a New Jersey teenager killed by a Seattle man as part of a &ldquo;jihad&rdquo; delivered emotional messages to him during his sentence hearing.</p>

News 12 Staff

May 1, 2018, 9:39 AM

Updated 2,181 days ago

Share:

The family of a New Jersey teenager killed by a Seattle man as part of a “jihad” delivered emotional messages to him during his sentence hearing.
The family of Brendan Tevlin, 19, told admitted killer Ali Muhammad Brown that the killing was senseless. They called him a monster.
“This animal called what he did a mistake. This was no mistake,” said mother Allison Tevlin.
Brendan Tevlin was a University of Richmond student who was home for summer break in 2014. Investigators say that he was shot eight times by Brown while waiting in his car at a traffic light in West Orange.
Brown later said that he killed Brendan as punishment against the United States for its foreign policy.
The Tevlin family says that their grief has been unbearable since Brendan died.
“It’s the heartache I felt every night in the summer of 2014 when my mom would climb into bed with me and cry herself to sleep,” said sister Mikala Tevlin. “Or my dad would get home late at night, go to our family room and silently sob because he thought no one would hear."
“That monster decided to play God. In the process of playing God, he hurt, beyond repair, a family, countless friends and many communities,” said aunt Kathleen McNair.
Brown delivered his own statement to the Tevlin family during the hearing.
“I am a human being. Allow me to be a human being and don’t just judge me as a beast,” Brown said.
Brown pleaded guilty just as jury selection began in his trial. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Brown also admitted to killing three other people in Washington State just prior to killing Brendan Tevlin, but has not formally pleaded guilty to those charges.


More from News 12
1:30
New Jersey residents enjoyed warm spring temps ahead of chilly, windy evening

New Jersey residents enjoyed warm spring temps ahead of chilly, windy evening

2:14
Partly Sunny, mild Sunday for New Jersey

Partly Sunny, mild Sunday for New Jersey

0:17
Police: Man dies, 2 others injured following shooting in Newark

Police: Man dies, 2 others injured following shooting in Newark

1:32
Jersey City Night Market holds 5th straight celebration

Jersey City Night Market holds 5th straight celebration

0:25
Police: Pedestrian fatally struck by car in Gloucester Township

Police: Pedestrian fatally struck by car in Gloucester Township

0:25
Camden County rabbi convicted of hiring men to kill his wife dies in prison

Camden County rabbi convicted of hiring men to kill his wife dies in prison

Knicks beat 76ers 111-104 in Game 1 of playoffs. Brunson and Hart score 22 points and backups star

Knicks beat 76ers 111-104 in Game 1 of playoffs. Brunson and Hart score 22 points and backups star

0:13
Authorities: Kenilworth man sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling cocaine

Authorities: Kenilworth man sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling cocaine

0:15
Authorities: Berkley Township man sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatal stabbing

Authorities: Berkley Township man sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatal stabbing

0:28
Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

1:13
CDC: Children ER visits increased last 3 years for accidental Melatonin ingestion

CDC: Children ER visits increased last 3 years for accidental Melatonin ingestion

1:42
Police: Marlboro teacher accused of inappropriately touching student faces charges

Police: Marlboro teacher accused of inappropriately touching student faces charges

0:32
Man who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial has ties to New Jersey

Man who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial has ties to New Jersey

0:56
Graffiti of former Palestinian militant Leila Khaled found spray-painted at Rutgers University

Graffiti of former Palestinian militant Leila Khaled found spray-painted at Rutgers University

0:09
Police: 2 men critically injured in Newark shooting

Police: 2 men critically injured in Newark shooting

2:16
Public warned to keep their dogs away from seals at the Jersey Shore

Public warned to keep their dogs away from seals at the Jersey Shore

0:59
Jersey Proud: 3 men running the length of New Jersey for ‘Dylan’s Wings of Change’ charity

Jersey Proud: 3 men running the length of New Jersey for ‘Dylan’s Wings of Change’ charity

0:35
Tesla recalling nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks because accelerator pedal can get stuck

Tesla recalling nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks because accelerator pedal can get stuck

1:01
New Jersey water companies make plans to adapt federal ‘forever chemical’ guidelines

New Jersey water companies make plans to adapt federal ‘forever chemical’ guidelines

1:54
Authorities: 2 children at Port Reading school become sickened after ingesting marijuana gummies

Authorities: 2 children at Port Reading school become sickened after ingesting marijuana gummies