‘This is not closure, this is the consequence of your actions’: Tanji Jackson’s sister releases statement following killer’s execution

Federal Executions

In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, a no trespassing sign is displayed outside the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. As Donald Trump’s presidency winds down, his administration is throttling up the pace of federal executions despite a surge of COVID-19 cases in prison, announcing plans for five executions just days before the Jan. 20 inauguration of death penalty foe Joe Biden. Attorney General William Barr defends the action in an interview with The Associated Press and says he will likely schedule additional executions before leaving the Cabinet. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

The sister of Tanji Jackson released the following statement following the execution of Dustin Higgs, who was convicted of Jackson’s murder:

Saturday, January 27, 1996, is a day our families will never forget. We were heartbroken by your actions in the taking the lives of Tanji Jackson, Mishann Chinn, and Tamika Black. I was pregnant, alone, and missing my sister, Tanji. She was my best friend.

On the night of the January 26, 1996, Tanji and I were together, when she got in your car, I told her I would see her later when we got home. I did not know that would be the last day I would see my big sister. If I would have known that would have been the last time I would lay eyes on her, I would have hugged her so tight. I was hurt, angry, and couldn’t understand why it all happened. It has been a long 24 years. My children never got the chance to meet their aunt.

My sister’s life was cut short before she ever got a chance to live life. She never had the opportunity to have children or to get married. It took a long time for me to be able to deal with my feelings.

When we received the news that you were given a date, it brought up mixed emotions. On one hand, I felt we were finally going to get justice, but on the other hand, I felt sad for your family. They are now going to go through the pain we experienced. When the day is over, your death will not bring my sister and the other victims back. This is not closure, this is the consequence of your actions.

From the sister of Tanji Jackson

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