Tina and David Curl, the mother and step-father of 9-year old Becky O'Connell, drove from their home in New York to be in Sioux Falls for Moeller's execution.
The couple moved from Sioux Falls shortly after their daughter's murder. After several trips back to the area for court hearings and memorials, Tuesday is the day Tina and David have been waiting for.
"I've waited a lot of years for this day; Beck finally gets justice today," said Tina Curl.
"I've been wondering if I was going to be alive long enough to see it," said David Curl.
It wasn't easy for the couple to get here. They received donations from all over the nation to help pay for their trip to be here for Tuesday's execution.
For Tina, this trip is about seeing justice finally come for her daughter, but it's also a chance to say goodbye to her child.
"I'll never forget her; I talk to her everyday still," said Tina.
Becky O'Connell was Tina Curl's only child. In her nine short years with her daughter, Tina says the sound of Becky's laughter is something she misses the most.
"She had my sense of humor. She would do anything for anyone," Tina said.
Still 22 years after Becky's death, Tina will never forget the last time she saw her daughter alive. After the 4th grader came home from school, Tina said he daughter wanted to run to the market just one block away from their home.
"I didn't want her to go alone, but then I gave in and let her go. It was only a block from home and out the door she went," said Tina.
Tina and her husband David had no idea it would be the last time they saw Becky.
"I thought, well South Dakota's a nice, safe place...boy was I wrong," said David.
On May 8th, 1990, Becky was abducted by Donald Moeller outside Omar's market just one block away from her home and the State Penitentiary.
Her body was found the next day by Lake Alvin. She had been raped, stabbed, and left to die.
"Mostly when I think of Beck now, I think about what happened to her. What she went through; I think about how scared she must have been," said Tina.
Tina says Tuesday's execution brings justice for her daughter, but it doesn't bring back the life they could have had.
"Well I'd have a daughter, maybe a grandchild or two, and I would have had a best friend," said Tina.
The couple has also visited the scene where Becky was murdered and they received a time-lapse photograph showing what Becky might have looked like at 32 years old.
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