ID'ing Victims Hardest Thing Group Leader Ever Did

Wife, mother of victims offers forgiveness to terrorists

FABER, Va. -- The leader of the Virginia meditation group that was in Mumbai during the recent terrorist attacks said identifying the remains of two followers was one of the most challenging things he has ever had to do.
Master Charles Cannon described the bloodshed and war zone-like hotel that was attacked to reporters Tuesday at the group's sanctuary in Virginia.
He had to step over bodies and pools of blood to identify Alan Scherr, 58, and his 13-year-old daughter, Naomi, Cannon said. They were killed at the luxury Oberoi hotel almost a week ago. The Scherrs were among at least six Americans killed in the attacks.
Kia Scherr, wife of the former Loyola University professor and mother of 13-year-old Naomi, said people must send the terrorists their love, forgiveness and compassion to show them that love is possible and overcomes fear.
Cannon was leading about 25 followers on a spiritual pilgrimage to India. The 63-year-old is the founder of the Synchronicity Foundation and a trained yogi.
Cannon barricaded himself in his room when the gunfire erupted. When he was freed about 45 hours later, his first stop was the cafe to identify the Scherrs.
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