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Tara McDonald, mother of slain Victoria Stafford celebrates with friends that Michael Rafferty was found guilty on all three charges at the murder trial in London, Ontario, Friday, May 11, 2012.


"We got it, we got justice!" he said, holding up a photo of his daughter, tears welling in his eyes. "It was all for this little girl, and so this never happens to another. Victoria!" - Rodney Stafford, Tori's father

"What we've been feeling inside for the past three years has been hell. This has been almost a release for us. It's just amazing. It's just amazing." — Doreen Graichen, Tori's grandmother

"Michael Rafferty is in a place where he belongs." - Mark Perry, Tori's uncle

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"We're happy with the verdict. We want to thank the jury for their dedication." - Kevin Gowdey, Crown attorney

"The biggest lesson I want everyone to consider is the standard of proof and that's what I put forward. Everybody in our system deserves a strong defence." - Dirk Derstine, defence lawyer

"Our thoughts and prayers are clearly with Tori's family and friends, that they may garner the inner strength to move forward in the memory of their beautiful child. Tori was truly our inspiration as we moved through the past three years." - Woodstock police Insp. Bill Renton, former OPP officer who led the search for Tori.

"You listened attentively to the evidence, to the submissions and to the charge. And when you deliberated on your verdict, you did not rush to judgment, but you took the time that was needed to carefully consider the evidence before arriving at a decision. And in the end, you arrived at a verdict that was just and amply supported by the evidence." — Superior Court Judge Thomas Heeney to the jury.

With files from The Canadian Press

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