Former Professor Convicted Of Hiring Hitman To Murder His African American Daughter-In-Law For "Cultural Reasons"
Eight years ago, newlywed and new mother, Sparkle Reid-Rai was brutally murdered in her own home with her newborn daughter just a few feet away. She was just 22 years old. Yesterday, her father-in-law, Chiman Rai was convicted of masterminding her murder. The case has been labeled a hate crime or an "honor killing" because Chiman Rai strongly objected to his Indian son being married to an African American.
Not only is the brutal murder of Sparkle Reid-Rai a major tragedy, it might have been preventable if her husband had been more truthful about his family and their feelings toward African Americans. Rajeeve "Ricky" Rai lied to his wife and her family by telling them his parents were dead. When confronted with the truth, he offered no explanation for the lie. He clearly suspected his father after the murder, telling the police his parents were "a little racist." He should have been more forth-coming about his family, then maybe Sparkle Reid-Rai and her family could have been better prepared.
Reid-Rai's husband has since completely abandoned their child to be raised by her parents and has not seen the child in years. I do not envy those grandparents having to explain this horrific story to that child when she grows up. How do explain that your grandfather who has never seen you, hire people to murder your mother?