Father won’t forgive daughter’s killer boyfriend

2010-04-29 08:12

The father of a slain South African-born college student says he

can’t forgive the boyfriend who killed her.

But he is challenging the younger man to contribute to society when

he gets out of a New York prison in a quarter-century.

Boitumelo McCallum’s father, Robert, spoke yesterday as Michael

Cordero (25) was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Cordero pleaded guilty to

manslaughter earlier this month.

Cordero says he’ll spend the rest of his life “begging for

forgiveness from God” for strangling the 20-year-old woman in her mother’s

Manhattan apartment.

McCallum was a student at Mills College in Oakland,


Her parents both teach at New York University. Her mother has

served as an education policy analyst in South Africa.


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