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Family and friends support the state's use of the death penalty

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There's always two sides to every debate and everyone on this side of the fence, they support the judge's decision to put Eric Robert to death. However, they are using this night to also honor Ron "RJ" Johnson's memory, with justice finally being served.

Flags were flown and tears were shed for officer RJ Johnson, but out of all these people, only Rachel Doese could find the right words to say

"I came out to support RJ's friends and his family and support Lynette the most." Said Doese.

Rachel, like the rest of the people on this side of the fence, feel the death sentence for Eric Robert is a just one.

"Yes, because he said in court if he wasn't put to the death penalty he would harm them and kill them too it's a fair situation he showed no emotion on it and showed it wasn't wrong." Said Doese.

While these people have gathered to remember a friend, father and grandfather they say the hardest part is seeing dozens across the parking lot who disagree.

"It's hurtful, if it was their family, I guarantee it's what they would want and it's just not very fair you know." Said Doese.

While Robert's execution will not bring RJ back, Rachel says she will get some relief knowing he's finally gone and can only hope Lynette and the rest of the Johnson family will find some peace as well.

"I'm going to feel good because it's a fair situation he did his consequence and that's what he gets for it." Said Doese.

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