AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre On June 24, 2006, he had just been in town a few days, returning from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a straight-A student studying ecology. He was walking to his car, after visiting friends at an apartment complex a few blocks from his mom’s house. Davila had been at the same complex looking for a friend. It’s unclear how they encountered each other but shortly after midnight, the two exchanged words. Then Davila, carrying a knife he had brought with him in his pocket, stabbed De A’Morelli in the chest several times, slashing his lung and puncturing part of his heart. Davila took off in a car with a friend who had been waiting nearby. De A’Morelli staggered through the streets bloody before somebody stopped to help him. He died 20 minutes later. With tears welling in her eyes, the mother of a slain 26-year-old university student offered her son’s killer forgiveness and asked for his redemption before a judge sentenced him this morning to 16 years to life in prison. “I do not hate you. I feel a great sorrow. Not one but two lives were lost on that night – David and yours,” Catherine Freeman told Lawrence Davila, the 22-year-old Canoga Park man convicted of stabbing her son, David De A’Morelli, six times after a chance encounter. “A light went out of the world when you took our David, so I say to you that you must become a light.” Davila fidgeted, tapped his leg and even rolled his eyes during the sentencing hearing in San Fernando Superior Court, where half-dozen relatives and friends recalled De A’Morelli as a thoughtful and generous young man finding his path in the world. And though Davila’s attorney’s said it was an act of self-defense, Davila never called police. “My son David did not deserve to suffer the horror of being savagely stabbed while simply walking to his car one night,” wrote his father, Richard De A’Morelli, in a prepared statement for the court. “He did not deserve the indignity of being left to die on a dirty sidewalk.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!