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Remembering Mary Johnson-Roy

NACRJ honors the memory of Mary Johnson-Roy who recently passed away on March 27, 2024 at the age of 71.

In 1993, Mary Johnson’s only son, 20-year-old Laramiun Byrd, was murdered. The perpetrator was 16-year-old Oshea Israel who received a 25 year sentence for second degree murder. Mary visited Oshea in prison many years later, and they formed a unique lifelong friendship.

Mary was a dedicated restorative justice advocate and founder of From Death to Life, a restorative ministry supported by St. Mary's Basilica in Minneapolis.

Learn more about Mary and her truly inspirational work and legacy at the links below:

Listen to Mary's Story 
Read Mary's Story
Watch "Being With the Energy of Forgiveness"
Donate to the Mary Johnson-Roy Legacy Fund

Thank you, Mary, for being a powerful guiding force in healing, forgiveness and restorative justice.

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