Home invasion survivor: Day of attack was my holocaust

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Posted: Jan 27, 2012 11:38 AM
Home invasion survivor: Day of attack was my holocaust

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - Dr. William Petit, speaking on Friday at the formal sentencing of the man convicted of killing his wife and daughters during a brutal home invasion, said their murders were his "personal holocaust."

Petit gave his victim's impact statement in New Haven Superior Court for the formal sentencing of Joshua Komisarjevsky, 31, sentenced to death by a jury last fall for the July 2007 deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and her daughters Hayley Petit, 17, and Michaela Petit, 11.

Petit, who was Hawke-Petit's husband and the girls' father, said he will miss the opportunity to walk his girls down the aisle.

"Evil does live among us," said Petit, 55, who was beaten unconscious but escaped the attack.

He also said: "July 23, 2007 was my own personal holocaust."

Sentenced to death last year for the brutal crime was Komisarjevsky's accomplice, Steven Hayes.

(Editing By Ellen Wulfhorst and Paul Thomasch)