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    Vahid Salemi - AP
    In this picture taken on Monday, April 28, 2014, Iranian woman Samereh Alinejad wipes away tears at her home while talking about her son who was killed in a street brawl in the city of Royan about 146 miles (235 kilometers) north of the capital Tehran, Iran. Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son were spared from execution. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Vahid Salemi - AP
    In this picture taken on Monday, April 28, 2014, Iranian woman Samereh Alinejad, left, and her husband Abdolghani Hosseinzadeh whose son Abdollah was killed in a street brawl, look at his picture at their home in the city of Royan about 146 miles (235 kilometers) north of the capital Tehran, Iran. Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son were spared from execution. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Vahid Salemi - AP
    In this picture taken on Monday, April 28, 2014, Iranian woman Samereh Alinejad prays at the grave of her sons Amir Hossein and Abdollah in a cemetery in the city of Royan about 146 miles (235 kilometers) north of the capital Tehran, Iran. Amir Hossein was killed in a motorcycle crash and Abdollah was killed in a street brawl. Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son Abdollah were spared from execution. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Vahid Salemi - AP
    In this picture taken on Monday, April 28, 2014, Iranian man Abdolghani Hosseinzadeh, second right, his wife Samereh Alinejad, left, and his daughter Fatemeh, second left, pray at the grave of the family's sons Amir Hossein and Abdollah in a cemetery in the city of Royan about 146 miles (235 kilometers) north of the capital Tehran, Iran. Amir Hossein was killed in a motorcycle crash and Abdollah was killed in a street brawl. Abdolghani's sister prays at right. Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son Abdollah were spared. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Vahid Salemi - AP
    In this picture taken on Monday, April 28, 2014, Iranian woman Samereh Alinejad, left, her daughter Fatemeh and her husband Abdolghani Hosseinzadeh pray at the grave of the family's sons Amir Hossein and Abdollah in a cemetery in the city of Royan about 146 miles (235 kilometers) north of the capital Tehran, Iran. Amir Hossein was killed in a motorcycle crash and Abdollah was killed in a street brawl. Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son Abdollah were spared from execution. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Vahid Salemi - AP
    In this pictures taken on Monday, April 28, 2014, Iranian woman Samereh Alinejad, left, and her husband Abdolghani Hosseinzadeh wash the grave stone of their sons Amir Hossein and Abdollah while their daughter Fatemeh looks on in a cemetery in the city of Royan about 146 miles (235 kilometers) north of the capital Tehran, Iran. Amir Hossein was killed in a motorcycle crash and Abdollah was killed in a street brawl. Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son Abdollah were spared from execution. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Vahid Salemi - AP
    In this picture taken on Monday, April 28, 2014, Iranian woman Samereh Alinejad leaves a cemetery after praying at the grave of her sons Amir Hossein and Abdollah in the city of Royan about 146 miles (235 kilometers) north of the capital Tehran, Iran. Amir Hossein was killed in a motorcycle crash and Abdollah was killed in a street brawl. Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son Abdollah were spared from execution. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Arash Khamoushi - AP
    FILE - This Tuesday, April 15, 2014 , file picture provided by ISNA, a semi-official news agency, shows Iranian woman Kobra, bottom, whose son Bilal was convicted of murdering a man, waiting among people before his execution in public in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Bilal, who was convicted of killing Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, was pardoned by the victim's family moments before being executed. The victims mother, Samerah Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son were spared. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/ISNA, Arash Khamoushi, File)
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    Arash Khamoushi - AP
    FILE - This Tuesday, April 15, 2014, file photo provided by ISNA, a semi-official news agency, shows blindfolded Iranian convicted man Bilal being escorted by officials and security to be prepared for his execution in public in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Bilal, who was convicted of killing Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, was pardoned by the victim's family moments before being executed. His mother, Samerah Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son were spared. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/ISNA, Arash Khamoushi, File)
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    Arash Khamoushi - AP
    FILE - This Tuesday, April 15, 2014 file photo, provided by ISNA, a semi-official news agency, shows a blindfolded Iranian man Bilal being prepared to be hanged in public in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Bilal, who was convicted of killing Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, was pardoned by the victim's family moments before being executed. His mother, Samerah Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son were spared. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/ISNA, Arash Khamoushi, File)
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    Arash Khamoushi - AP
    FILE - This Tuesday, April 15, 2014, file picture provided by ISNA, a semi-official news agency, shows Iranian woman Samereh Alinejad, right, slapping blindfolded Bilal, who was convicted of murdering her son Abdollah prior to his execution in public in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Her son’s killer stood shackled on a chair on the gallows, the noose around his neck. Hundreds crowded outside the jailhouse in this northern Iranian town to see if Samereh Alinejad would exercise her right to kick the chair out from under him to let him hang. Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son were spared. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/ISNA, Arash Khamoushi, File)
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    Arash Khamoushi - AP
    FILE - This Tuesday, April 15, 2014 file photo provided by ISNA, a semi-official news agency, shows Samerah Alinejad, right, and her husband Abdolghani, left, removing the noose from the neck of blindfolded Bilal who was convicted of murdering their son Abdollah in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son were spared. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/ISNA, Arash Khamoushi, File)
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    Arash Khamoushi - AP
    FILE - This Tuesday, April 15, 2014, file picture provided by ISNA, a semi-official news agency, shows Iranian officials and security escorting away the blindfolded man Bilal from the scene of his execution in public in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Bilal, who was convicted of killing Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, was pardoned by the victim's family moments before being executed. The victims mother, Samerah Alinejad, tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son were spared. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/ISNA, Arash Khamoushi, File)
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    Arash Khamoushi - AP
    FILE - This Tuesday, April 15, 2014, file photo provided by ISNA, a semi-official news agency, shows Kobra, left, whose son Bilal was convicted of murdering a man, embracing Samerah Alinejad, mother of the victim, after she pardoned the murderer before his execution in public in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Bilal, who was convicted of killing Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, was pardoned by the victim's family moments before being executed. His mother, Alinejad tells The Associated Press that she had felt she could never live with herself if the man who killed her son were spared. But in the last moment, she pardoned him in an act that has made her a hero in her hometown, where banners in the streets praise her family’s mercy. (AP Photo/ISNA, Arash Khamoushi, File)
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