TAMPA - There's a prayer in the window at Elizabeth Walker's Lakeland home. You can't help but read it standing at her door step:
BLESS THIS HOME
BLESS THIS HOME
OH LORD WE PRAY
FILL IT WITH
YOUR LOVE TODAY
MAY FRIENDS AND
FAMILY SO DEAR
KNOW YOUR PEACE
AS THEY ENTER HERE
"I miss him terribly," she said. "God was there with me, and it helped me to make it through it."
Her faith guided her for the past three years. It helped her cope with the murder of her son, lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare. It also helped her testify against the woman who stole away the last of her son's millions and then shot him.
"Abraham was good-hearted, and I said if he was here today, I would let him know. I would have to tell him how much I appreciate him for who he was. I mean, it's too late now," said his mom.
A jury convicted DeeDee Moore of first-degree murder Monday night after her attorneys tried to convince them a drug dealer did it.
"I saw a greedy, calculating person who would go about what they want, when they want it, by whatever means necessary," said juror Arthur C. Williams, Jr.
Williams says they agreed Moore was guilty when they started deliberations, but what persuaded two holdout jurors that the crime was premeditated, were two holes in Shakespeare's chest.
"Two bullets, close proximity. Bam. Gun's going to go away. You got to bring it back. Bam. That took some thought. That first one, ah, ok, spur of the moment. That second one, I thought about when I re-aimed that gun and I shot him," explained the juror.
Walker said she is compelled to forgive the killer. "Oh yes. I already have forgiven her. Yes I have. I have to forgive her, because that's what the Master says."
She took down that prayer in her window today -- a blessing that was more of a curse.
"I'm going to tell you something that's surprising about that. DeeDee Moore bought that and put that in my window," said Walker, talking about the neatly framed prayer.
She doesn't need DeeDee Moore's gift staring at her anymore. The 71-year old mom has enough reminders her son is gone.
"He'll come in and say, 'Hey there, momma.' Sometimes now seems like I can hear him say that," said Shakespeare's mom.