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Woman Forgives Terrorists Who Killed Husband & Daughter in Mumbai Attacks


Lynchburg, VA - A Nellysford woman, who lost her husband and 13-year-old daughter in the Mumbai attacks back in 2008, won't let them die in vain.

Hundreds of schools in India have signed up to take her pledge to promote love and forgiveness.

She says she forgives the terrorists who killed her family, and she's teaching others to do the same.

In 2011, she started the One Life Alliance Pledge - a book with 30 daily reminders to do things like slow down, smile and often the hardest - to forgive.

She says forgiveness is the bridge to peace.

At the Synchronicity Foundation in Nelson County, chaos and terror seem half a world away. But in November 2008, 25 members of the meditation retreat traveled to India for a missions trip.

"It's a modern spirituality and it's about balance," said Kia Scherr.

Alan Scherr and his 13-year-old daughter Naomi loved India. They were in a hotel restaurant when gunmen ran in and Kia Scherr began her journey to keep their legacy alive.

"They were bringers of love, bringers of joy, bringers of peace. They were beautiful beings," said Scherr.

Scherr publicly forgave the people responsible for killing her husband and young daughter, shocking for some but necessary for her.

"What inspired me is I wanted to become the opposite of a terrorist."

For the last five years, she's been preaching the power of love. This January, Rockfish Valley Elementary School started a high five character-building program inspired partly by her One Life Alliance pledge.

She's working with the Governor of Maryland to promote a similar program in its public schools.

"I do have a goal and it's 50 states in five years will all have peace in education," said Scherr.

Scherr says if her story or her life can inspire just one person to forgive…

"That makes me happy because then their deaths won't go to waste."

Scherr says there will always be evil in the world, the question is who do we chose to be. She splits her time between Nellysford, DC and India. She'd like to introduce her curriculum to Newtown, Connecticut.

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