RALEIGH, N.C. –Campbell Law School hosted a private screening of “The Final Gift,” on Thursday, March 29. Directed by Therese Bartholomew, the documentary focuses on the restorative journey set in course by the murder of her brother Steve Leone.
“The Final Gift” follows Bartholomew as she copes with the murder and deals with the grief and pain associated with it. While completing her memoir, “Coffee Shop God,” she began questioning the life of her brother’s killer. “The Final Gift” chronicles her attempt to answer questions and make sense of the tragedy that will forever link her and her brother’s killer.
“It is hard for those of us who have not experienced the trauma of murder to understand what motivates someone like Therese to want to understand the person who killed her brother,” said Campbell Law Juvenile Justice Project Direction Jon Powell. “But Therese is interested in much more than just the man who killed her brother. She is interested in making our society a better place by leading us in ways to take care of each other.
“I am so grateful for her perseverance in completing this film. She has done a remarkable job of showing us the trauma of crime, the humanity of her brother, and special ways that people can heal.”
"The journey to meet and understand this young man turned into a journey to understand myself - what I was capable of, what we are all capable of," said Bartholomew.
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