On January 26, 2004, 18 year old Jenny Garcia was brutally murdered. She was a typical college student, a sister to two other lovely young ladies and a good girl. A man she had worked with at an IHOP in Austin had attacked her in her home and left her for her sisters to find with a butcher knife still in her chest. The man who had killed her, David Morales, was arrested the following day because he had been calling her friends asking about her to appear innocent. It later was released from the Austin Police Department that Morales was a known child-molester and an illegal alien who had already been deported and had returned to the United States. His own family had tried to file charges on him for molesting his younger cousin starting when she was four and continuing many years, but the police had discouraged this report from being made due to his illegal status. Even though the molestation charges against Mexican born Morales had been proven to be true, the Austin DA, Ronnie Earl decided not to press charges and let him walk. His violent nature and illegal status were known by law enforcement agencies, and nothing was done to prevent him from victimizing others - like Jenny Garcia. The Garcias were promised by Earle that Morales would get the death penalty... and when that didn't materialize, they filed a wrongful death suit against the city of Austin and IHOP.
Personally, I hope the Garcia family win their lawsuit. I'd also like to know what has become of Morales. I did some googling, but came up with only stale repeats of the original murder story. I know that winning the suit will not take back what Morales has stolen from this family... nor give Jenny her life back. Even so, justice should be served. It is strong people like Jenny's father who take a stand against bad government policy and make the USA a better place for others. I personally would like to apologize to him for my country's lack of concern for his family. I think we all need to shake off our apathy and take a stand against those who would seek to commit murder and mayhem inside our borders. A policy of "sanctuary" (many other cities besides Austin have these policies) is only a time bomb ticking away... and the innocent in our country are the ones who suffer it's wrath.
I would suggest reading the full story about Jenny and her family's fight against the City of Austin's "Sanctuary Policy" here and here.
May God give us wisdom and protect us... and may He heal the Garcias and bless them for their courage and strength in taking up Jenny's cause so that other innocent young girls don't have to suffer the same fate.
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