An old friend called me last night to tell me that another old friend had been fatally wounded in an attempted car jacking on Wednesday. I had heard about it on the news for the past several days and even read the news article online, but didn’t recognize the name because they were using her married name.
I haven’t seen her in over twenty years, but it still broke my heart when I heard it was Tina. We grew up together attending the same church and schools. She was such a nice person with the biggest brown eyes and great big smile.
I can only imagine how terrified she was, fighting to keep them from driving off with her baby in the car. I'm sure she would've gladly given up those keys without a fight if she'd been alone that day. It makes me so sad to think that this is how her life ended. This was so senseless.
This is just another reason why I believe in the death penalty. It makes it even worse that the two suspects were illegal aliens. According to news reports, they had been on a crime spree around the city (some of which is caught on video, along with the attack on Tina) and were already driving a stolen car when they attempted to take hers. I hope they catch the POS killer before he makes it back to Mexico, where they will protect him. This is Texas, where we believe in and practice an eye for an eye.
Local News Story
One Suspect in Custody
Escoto was arrested in September for trespassing and served 75 days in jail.
Rios was charged with possession of marijuana in May 2007 and served 10 days in jail. In June 2007 he was charged with criminal mischief and failure to identify himself to a police officer and served 30 days in jail.
It's hard to swallow the fact that no one (ummm, like the INS authorities) bothered to send these two back to Mexico when they were arrested back in 2007. From what I hear, that seems to be pretty standard practice, unless they're charged with a felony. So, they served their jail time last year and were allowed to stick around here and take an innocent life. It's hard to comprehend an illegal alien being released from jail, free and clear to continue breaking our laws. I just can't believe they were both in jail last year and allowed to walk right back out onto our streets. All because they hadn't yet committed a "felony", so we just allow them to stay until they do.
The following is a quote from an officer regarding the driver of the car.
"Escoto may also be charged with murder, under Texas' "law of parties," which makes a getaway driver "just as guilty" as the murderer."
That is good to know.