Parents mourn daughter's murder, pray for convictions

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The parents of Channon Christian continue to mourn the loss of their murdered daughter, a 21-year-old University of Tennessee student.

Deena Christian looks for solace in a scrapbook filled with Channon's smiling face. Her husband Gary Christian waits for a day of judgment for the suspects he compares to "wild dogs."

The Knoxville couple gave their first extensive interview Sunday since their daughter and her boyfriend were carjacked, tortured, raped and killed in January.

Even now, five months later, Gary Christian says, "All I see is red."

Adds his wife, "Until you have walked in our shoes, don't judge. We both may show it differently, but they took away part of our lives."

The victims were white; the five defendants are black.

But the Christians doubt it was racially motivated. They think their daughter and her boyfriend Christopher Newsom were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

They hope for convictions and the death penalty.

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