'You never get over it,' sister remembers brutal Pizza Hut murder
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It will go down as one of the most shocking crimes Tucson has ever seen. A triple murder at an east side Pizza Hut took place 15 years ago Friday.
Guy Atchley sat down with one of the many people whose lives were changed forever on that late Sunday night in 1999.
The Pizza Hut that once stood surrounded by crime tape at Broadway Boulevard and Pantano Road is long gone, but what happened there still haunts Kathy Weir.
Three people were gunned down in cold blood, including her brother Bob Curry.
"Three bullets into my brother," Weir said. "Four or five into Jimmy Bloxham and two into Lisa Moniz."
It took eight years and three trials before a plea bargain sent Tom Prasertphong to prison for life with no parole. However, the apparent gunman Bo Huerstel, who was 17 at the time of the killings, is scheduled to be released from prison 10 years from now.
"I no longer call it, we don't have a justice system. "We have a legal system," Weiss said. "When you have a criminal case, it becomes all about the accused. The victims basically become evidence."
Weir has seen the trauma first hand to the families. Her younger brother died of a stroke shortly after learning details of the deaths.
"I feel a lot of people died, she refused treatment, she died close to the anniversary of Lisa's death," she said."
Has forgiveness been possible for Weir? She said in the case of Tom Prasertphong, yes.
"He told us he did a lot of bad things, he felt sorry for us and he asked us for forgiveness, and he has my forgiveness," Weiss said. "Huerstel? ... that's probably the only person that I can say on this earth that I have issues with."
It's been 15 years, but Weir knows the hurt will never go away for three human beings who lost their lives over a few dollars in a cash register.
"You never get over it. You never know when it's going to hit you," Weiss said. "I still have issues driving by, even though the Pizza Hut's not there. You still see those three trees there, and you always think of them."