Kim Kardashian West is beside herself following the execution of a convicted murderer in Indiana.
Over the past several weeks, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star has been attempting to save Brandon Bernard, a death row inmate who she believed was completely reformed. On Dec. 10, she tearfully tweeted about Brandon in the lead up to his execution, all while hoping for a last-minute stay and commutation. None came.
"I'm so messed up right now. They killed Brandon," she tearfully tweeted. "He was such a reformed person. So hopeful and positive until the end. More importantly he is sorry, so sorry for the hurt and pain he has caused others."
In her Twitter thread, she spoke of conversations she had with Brandon and how he wanted to warn the youth "not to hang out with the wrong crowd."
"I could go on and on about what an amazing person Brandon was. I do know he left this earth feeling supported and loved and at peace," she wrote. "This just has to change: our system is so f—- up."
Brandon was arrested in 1999 for his involvement in the kidnapping and killings of Todd and Stacie Bagley. Although he was not the shooter, Brandon, who was 18 at the time, helped dispose of the bodies by putting them in the trunk of the car and setting it on fire. The triggerman was executed in September.
"I stand by what I have always said, I can empathize and feel pain for the victims and their families," Kim wrote on Dec. 10. "Killing Brandon will not bring them back and I believe in my heart of hearts killing him isn't right. What Brandon did was wrong, but killing him won't make things right."
While Kim's pleas resonated with many on social media, the victim's family wasn't moved.
Dana Ladd, the stepsister of Stacie Bagley, blasted Kim in a chat with TMZ.
"I want her to think about if it was one of her children that Bernard did that to — would she feel differently?" she said. "It's easy for people to say things when they don't have similar experiences."
In her pleas, Kim often spoke of Brandon's inability to touch his children, saying they had only ever met through glass in the prison.
"Bernard was able to see his family through glass, but we'll never be able to see Stacie anymore. He has a daughter — what would he think if someone did that to his daughter?" Dana said before the execution. "A sin is a sin — consequences of those sins will play out and that's what's happening today."
Over the years, Kim has become quite the advocate for prison reform. In 2018, she helped free Alice Johnson, a great-grandmother who was incarcerated in October 1996 for a first-time nonviolent drug offense. Since then, Kim has worked to free many other prisoners. Last year, TMZ said Kim is known among inmates as the "Princess of Prison Reform."