Victim's Families Confront Kyle Marin

By Justin Foss, Reporter


By Justin Foss

Cedar Rapids - Wednesday a judge sentenced Kyle Marin to two consecutive life sentences in prison.

Last month a jury convicted him in the deaths of Katrina Hill and Molly Edmondson.

Marin beat and stabbed them in a Cedar Rapids apartment back in 2006.

Wednesday the families of the girls confronted Marin.

The families told me they spent several days working on what they wanted to say to Kyle Marin.

"Because of your heinous acts on my daughter Kyle, Katrina's dreams are gone," said Sue Hill. "Her future is gone, you've annihilated all of that. you've annihilated my dreams for her. I'll never see her graduate from high school or college."

Wednesday was the one chance the families of Molly Edmondson and Katrina Hill can vent to the man who caused all their pain.

"My chest catches when I think of her having to watch Molly die, and my soul aches with the agonizing knowledge that death did not come quickly to Katie," said Sarah Hatch, Katrina's sister.

"I only wish the state of Iowa had the right to take your life from you," said Sue Hill, Katrina's mother.

Marin sat still for most of the morning, he cried when the family of Molly Edmondson showed a video.

For the first time, Marin addressed the families.

"I understand that no matter what I say or do, the family and friends of Molly and Katrina will never forgive me for what I've done," said Marin. "I too will never forgive myself for the crimes I've committed against my friends."

Both the Hill and Edmondson families said Marin's apology is too little, too late.

"If you had a soul, I would ask God to take mercy on you, if you had a soul," said Sue Hill.

The court room was full during the hearing.

After wards the families said they can start to heal, but they aren't sure when that will actually happen.

The judge ordered Marin to pay each family $150,000 in restitution.

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