This father could not control his rage when he faced the man who killed his kid in court. Kijuan Byrd’s father Donald was unable to handle the contempt shown by Lukace Kendle during the murder trial hearing after Kendle shot Byrd.
Donald finds it unbearable that Kendle would plead insanity in Miami-Dade County Criminal Court after killing Kijuan in cold blood for no apparent cause.
2014-04-04 was the date of the video’s capture. And when Donald suddenly bursts into the courtroom in a fit of rage, you’ll see Kendle testifying there.
As he sits down, he yells at the man who murdered his son in cold blood. He spits out his hatred of the man for taking the cowardly way out of pleading insanity when Donald just didn’t think that was the case. And he makes sure he has the last word because he can’t face the thought of seeing his son’s killer walking loose.
But Donald’s outburst in the courtroom, justified as it may be, is not allowed. The bailiff has no choice but to escort the victim’s father out so he can calm down and end the disturbance.
The recordings are intense and emotional. Many people saw it and tens of thousands of viewers left comments on YouTube in response to what they saw. Here are some reactions from people like you.
“Why do I have pain in my heart after watching this video? I’m sorry about that.”
“This breaks my heart. I hope and pray for the peace of this family.”
“This is really heartbreaking. I hope the son is resting well.”
“If I had a son, I would be mad and angry too. This video is heartbreaking.”
“This father has every right to be angry and upset. This guy killed his son.”
Some people believe that Florida law is not strong enough to handle such situations. They believe Florida needs to take a closer look at how they respond to such crimes on the streets.
“You should let that dad do what he wants with that cockroach. That would be justice.”
“Just strap him into a chair and take him and the dad to a dark room with a toolbox. No jail needed,” one viewer wrote.
“Sometimes the law is useless.”
Other viewers questioned the killer’s plea, claiming that it belittles people who genuinely struggle with mental illness.
“Being mentally ill means you struggle with everyday tasks and understanding. It doesn’t make you prone to crime. Arrest him!”
A viewer could tell the bailiff didn’t enjoy removing the father.
“You can tell the cops felt bad for having to hold him back. I feel so much pain for this father.”
A video like this is sure to evoke an emotional response. Watching the victim’s father react like this makes viewers say similar things, even out of anger.
The law is in place for a reason, and while it may seem unfair, we must put our faith in the process.
What feelings does this video evoke in you?