Posted on April 27, 2017AFTER READING ABOUT KENNETH'S WISH TO SEE HIS DAUGHTER AND GRANDDAUGHTER HERE ON THIS FUNDRAISER...
Family Helps Father's Murderer Meet Daughter, Granddaughter Before Execution
GRADY, Ark. - The last of four April executions is scheduled for Thursday night. Kenneth Williams has been on death row since 2000 and is responsible for killing a total of four people. Some are ready to see him put to death, but for others though, it's a different emotion.
Kenneth Williams was sentence to death after escaping prison and killing two people. One was Michael Greenwood of Springfield, Missouri.
The Greenwood family says just days ago they found out Williams had a daughter he hasn't seen in 18 years and he has a grand daughter he's never met. He says it was his last wish to see them and the Greenwood family made that possible Wednesday.
An unlikely pair brought together through love, but connected by tragedy.
Kayla Greenwood's dad Michael Greenwood was killed by Kenneth Williams in Missouri in 1999. Jasmine Johnson is Williams' daughter.
"When I read Jasmine's story about not being able to see her dad for 17 years and wishing that her dad can meet her daughter I felt the exact same way and immediately knew that we needed to give that to her," said Greenwood.
Kayla and her family quickly got in contact with Jasmine who lives out of state. The Greenwood's bought plane tickets to Little Rock for Jasmine and her three-year-old. They picked them up from the airport and drove them to the Cummins Unit Wednesday.
"They did all this for me and my daughter to come and see my dad considering the things that he has done to their family," said Johnson.
Jasmine got to see her dad for the first time in 18 years.
"It was a new experience for me as well," said Johnson.
She got to introduce her daughter to Williams too.
"He said he just couldn't believe it because the last time he had seen me, I was her age," said Johnson.
She says they said their final goodbyes.
"He said tomorrow, no matter what happens, he will at least be more at peace now knowing that he was able to see me and my daughter. As well as everything the Greenwood family has done for him," said Johnson.
Kayla misses her father everyday, but making this connection possible helps her find closure.
"For me I just put myself in her shoes and it just feels like I would be able to see my dad and I would be able to see my dad meet my children," said Greenwood.
With the planned execution for Williams Thursday, the families say they will for ever be connected through love.
"I have a lifelong bond with her and we're family now. There's nothing I can about change that," said Greenwood.
Both Jasmine and her daughter plan to fly home soon. The Greenwood family says they will travel back to Missouri Wednesday. They do not plan to go to the execution.