NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Army Sergeant Daniel Harlington was on military duty in Germany when he got the news that his son had been shot dead at a house on Woodlawn Avenue in North Charleston.
On Tuesday, Harlington faced 26 year old Bobby Johnson Junior, the man accused of killing 22 year old Daniel Patterson.
"I've braved many wars, a lot of tours and I've seen a lot of things, but nothing as horrible or worse than getting a call down range that my one and only son was murdered," Harlington told the judge during Johnson's bond hearing.
There was a connection between the suspect and the victim.
Investigators say Patterson was dating the mother of Johnson's child.
Harlington says he planned to come to court to give Johnson an earful, but after meeting the suspect's family, he changed his mind.
"I'm here to say to him and his family that I forgive him. I have to forgive him because I'm a Christian. I forgive him."
The suspect then apologized.
"I would just like to thank the Patterson family for forgiving and I'm sorry this had to happen like this," Johnson said through a video monitor.
It's forgiveness that won't bring Harlington's son back.
He's praying for a world with a lot less crime.
"Let's just get rid of it. The world would be a better place," he said after court.
A judge denied bond for Johnson on the murder charge and gave him a $50,000 bond on a charge of possession of a firearm during a violent crime.