I rarely watch the news. Tragic events outnumber by far the good ones, and the last think I need before bedtime is letting the tube depress me.
Once in a while I’m stuck somewhere where the TV is on and the news roll in, as it happened last night. And of course the case they presented was a heartbreaking one. A fourteen yr. old girl was found in a dumpster. She left for school but never made it.
Rapped, beaten and strangled. Thrown in a dumpster by no one else other than her mother’s estranged boyfriend, who was caught and now charged with a laundry-long list of felonies.
As I listened to the case and looked disgusted at the rapist’s mug shot I got angry. Angry because a filth like him gets the chance to live while he took the life of an innocent soul. Angry that our system fails over and over and over again to protect the rights of the victims. Angry that this scumbag has been in jail for several other crimes he committed since 2000 and our system continued to release him, giving him a chance to better himself.
Listen up people: that is not happening. 99.99999999% of the individuals that commit crimes do NOT better themselves. They don’t become stellar individual of our society. They don’t take jobs like you and I and pay their taxes. They don’t live a normal life. They don’t change. Because crime is written in their DNA. You can’t change that as you can’t change the color of your eyes, hair or skin.
Once an individual commits a crime, he’ll never change. Never. Some of them start with less serious crimes, as did the rapist mentioned above. In 2000 he was convicted of burglary. A few years later of assault. He was released only to commit an aggravated assault. You see the pattern here? Start small and end up big. Which he did by killing a fourteen yr. old girl. A girl who I’m sure had plans for the future. A girl who had dreams to go to college, fall in love and have children of her own. A girl who had family and friends who loved her and waited for her to return home. A girl who barely knew what life meant. And thanks to a scumbag all her dreams, all her plans, all her life came to an abrupt halt, never to take another breath, never to be kissed, never to laugh, never to say another word.
But it’s us, the ones left behind that need to raise a voice. Need to stand up for every victim out there. Victims can’t speak for themselves. But we can and it’s our duty to do so.We need to do something to protect our children. Because if we don’t do it, no one else does it. One too many times we put faith in our justice system and criminals still roam the streets. They get second chances.
Claudia Ann Lucero didn’t have a second chance. The bastard who killed her doesn’t deserve one either.