The cold-blooded murder, captured on video surveillance cameras, was so random and gruesome that even the most hardened and grizzled police detectives were sickened.
One evening last week, a 51-year-old woman who was a loving mother and dedicated employee to an organization that helped the disabled, was leaving her office. She was carrying bags in both hands, perhaps from some lunch hour Christmas shopping or other items to bring home with her.
She had no way of knowing that the 24-year-old man riding in the elevator with her had been in that elevator for some time. The video images showed the Hispanic man riding up and down the elevator before she got on, punching random buttons, evidently looking for someone to rob.
I don’t know if she smiled or said hello as she entered the elevator. But as the two of them reached the first floor and she exited, the video showed the man chambering a pistol. And then, according to Dallas police officials who saw the video, he simply walked up behind her and shot her in the back of the head. As she instinctively turned around to face her killer, he fired again, this time, into her face. The woman crumpled to the floor, the bags now tangled beneath her arms. The monster reached down and tried to pry the bags from her, but he had a difficult time. So he stood up, took aim, and fired a third time into her body, turned and ran away, empty-handed.
The videotape was so clear and vivid that it was easy for anyone who knew him to recognize his face. An arrest was quickly made. When he was described as a “Mexican citizen,” well, you know where this story is going, right?
Another day in America, another murder. The man arrested was no stranger to the police. He had been arrested a number of times and pleaded guilty last year to a robbery charge, a case where he robbed a man at knifepoint.
But what makes this case so particularly galling is that after this “Mexican citizen” was convicted of the robbery, no one in the city of Dallas bothered to report him to immigration officials. While he was technically in the country legally at the time of last year’s robbery, it’s been reported in the Dallas news media that it’s possible that he could have easily been deported back to Mexico. But no one even tried. Dallas-area immigration officials say that the police or district attorney never reported him to them.