‘I thought I was going to die’: Girl shot at Freeman High School gives impact statement
SPOKANE, Wash. – Jordyn Goldsmith, one of the four shot at Freeman High School in 2017, went before a judge on Friday to tell how that fateful day has impacted her life.
“At 15 years old, I thought I was going to die,” Goldsmith told Judge Michael Price.
After several years, Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder in January. He killed his classmate, Sam Strahan, and injured three girls, including Goldsmith.
Both of Goldsmith’s parents also gave statements in court Friday. Goldsmith’s father, Travis, said he was at work when the shooting happened and unable to answer the phone. He received urgent calls and couldn’t return them. Then, he walked past his boss’ desk and she told him that his daughter had been shot at school.
“The girls were blessed with a second chance at life and Sam never will get that chance. Nor should this sociopathic scum of the earth,” Travis said.
Both Travis and his wife, Liz, mentioned Strahan and his mother, Ami, multiple times during their testimonies.
Liz thought her daughter was dead when she first heard she’d been shot.
“Ami, for seven minutes, I felt your pain, all-consuming. My beautiful daughter, your beautiful son,” she said. “I only understood for minutes, what you have a lifetime to live with. I could not imagine instantly losing one’s child. You feel it in every remote part of your body.”
When Liz finally found her daughter, she heard Jordyn say “I love you, mom.” She said it was the most emotional moment of her life.
“Ami doesn’t get to hear Sam say those words ever again,” Liz told Price.
When Jordyn went into the ambulance and went on her way to the hospital with her parents, Liz asked her daughter what happened, and who shot them.
Jordyn explained to her that it was Sharpe. When Liz couldn’t figure out who it was, Jordyn reminded her mom Sharpe was in a play with her sibling. Jordyn also said something Liz will never forget about the boy who shot her: “He was a nice boy, mom.”
“Caleb, do you hear how Jordyn described you after you shot her?” Liz questioned, emotional.
Travis said their lives changed forever that day. He tells Price that he’s had panic attacks that lead him to the ER.
“I still tell my kids I love them and kiss them goodbye every morning before they leave for school. But now, all I can think about is if that is the last time I will ever get to do that. This will never go away, your honor,” he said.
The Goldsmiths hope the judge will hand him a life sentence, the same one they’ll have to deal with for the rest of their lives.
“You are worthless to me. You’re nothing but a murderer who should rot away in jail,” Jordyn said. “You have no business walking on this earth after what you’ve done to me, my friends, my family, my community, and especially Sam.”
“I have to fight daily to forgive the defendant because it only weighs me down. I hope he has nightmares about his supposed friend, Sam,” Liz added. “I hope he can hear Jordyn say he was a nice boy while he attempts to sleep in prison for the rest of his life.”
Sharpe was in court Friday for the victim impact statements. He is set to be sentenced in August.
Sharpe, who was charged as an adult, could face life in prison. The Washington Supreme Court did, however, shut down life without parole sentences for juvenile offenders.
The defense is asking for a 20-year sentence because Sharpe was a juvenile at the time of the shooting.
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