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5-Year-Old Dulce Maria Alavez Is Still Missing— Now Police Are Offering $35,000 Reward For Information

An estimated 2,000 children go missing every day. It’s difficult to understand that number when considering how many children are kidnapped daily, but the harsh reality is that hundreds of thousands of children are reported missing every year. The FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File said they have almost 86,000 active missing person reports, and 35 percent of them are 18 and younger. 

Now there’s another little kid to add to that list. 

Two weeks ago, 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez went missing while playing at a park. Her mother wasn’t far away. 

If you live on the East Coast, your phone probably buzzed on Sept. 16 with an Amber Alert for a missing girl. Authorities put out the call for Dulce Maria who was playing at the playground at Bridgeton City Park in Bridgeton, New Jersey.  The young girl was playing with her 3-year-old sibling and an 8-year-old relative, while her mom was parked nearby. The 3-year-old boy returned to his mom in tears and told her that Dulce Maria was gone. Authorities have been searching for her ever since. 

The FBI and local authorities are on the case. There’s also a 35,000 reward for information that can lead them to her return. 

“We are asking anyone who may have been at the Bridgeton City Park Recreational Area on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, between the hours of 3–6 p.m. to check their cellphones to see if they took photos and/or videos while they were in the area,” Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae wrote in a press release. “Their media may contain information which seems innocuous to them but is a valuable piece of the puzzle in helping us bring Dulce home to her family.”

As of now, one of the main leads is a witness account that places a man with the young girl. The witness said the man was leading the Dulce Maria to a red van, and that they drove away. 

The FBI also says that Dulce Maria was last seen wearing a yellow shirt with a koala on the front, black and white pants with butterflies and flowers on them, and white dress sandals. According to NJ.com, the suspect was “5-foot-6-inches tall,” he was also “thin build, no facial hair, and facial acne. He was wearing orange sneakers, red pants, and a black shirt.” The young girl was last seen at the playground around 4:50 p.m. While that man is a suspect, police said they don’t have any solid suspects,” 

Her family pleaded with supporters and her community to help find her daughter, including her grandmother, who spoke to the Latino community specifically and said they shouldn’t be afraid to come forward if they have information. 

Norma Perez told Latinos that if they have information that could help police locate Dulce Maria, they should come forward and not be afraid. 

Last week, Perez implied during a press conference that if people have reservations to speak to the police because of their immigration status, they must still help if they can. 

“Please, if you know something that will help us find my granddaughter, don’t be afraid of the police,” Perez said in Spanish. “Please report what you know to the police.” 

Perez went on to say this situation has been very difficult for the entire family. She said they couldn’t eat or sleep because they have no idea how her granddaughter is. 

People gathered at the playground on Saturday where Dulce Maria was last seen to pray for the return of the little girl. 

“A lot of people say candle lights are for the dead, but they’re not,” Jackie Rodriguez said to a crowd of hundreds circled around her Saturday night, according to the Press of Atlantic City. Rodriguez was also responsible for organizing Saturday’s vigil. “I want to bring everybody together so we can pray as one and be as one.”

If you have any information regarding Dulce Maria Alavez please contact the police or the FBI. Your tip can remain anonymous. Click here to reach the FBI or call the Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) and select option 4, then select option 8. You may also contact your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also text your information to TIP411 subtext Bridgeton.

Anyone with photos or videos from Bridgeton City Park on September 16, 2019, should upload them to the following site: http:www.fbi.gov/alavez Field Office: Newark. To submit an anonymous tip, click here.

READ: Police Have Released A Chilling Report On A Latina Teen Who Has Gone Missing In Detroit

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Daunte Wright’s Mother Says ‘justice isn’t even a word to me’ After Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter

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Daunte Wright’s Mother Says ‘justice isn’t even a word to me’ After Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter

Updated April 15, 2021.

Another Black man is dead, killed by the police.

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man from Minnesota was murdered on Sunday after a police officer pulled him over for a traffic violation. In an attempt to take in Wright after realizing he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, it is being said that the officer meant to use her Taser but accidentally fired her gun.

Police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota are saying that Wright’s attempt to reenter his car prompted the police fire.

Body camera footage of the Sunday incident was released for the first time on Monday during a news conference. Footage of the killing shows Wright outside of his car when authorities were attempting to place him under arrest. At one point, in the footage he can be seen attempting to reenter his vehicle, prompting a struggle with officers.

“I’ll tase ya,” a woman officer told Wright in the video after he attempted to kick her. “Taser, Taser, Taser!” the officer is heard yelling in the video before saying “Oh shit! I just shot him.”

Potter has since been arrested on a charge of second-degree manslaughter.

The 48-year-old resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department three days after she shot Wright. She has since bonded out on $100,000 bail. and is currently facing a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted.

During a news conference, members of Wright’s family spoke about holding Potter responsible.

Katie Wright, Daunte’s mother, underlined We’re still never going to be able to see our baby boy that we’re never going to have again… So when people say justice, I just shake my head.”

According to Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the officer meant to reach for her Taser.

Instead, she grabbed her gun.

“This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright,” Gannon claimed.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the officer in the incident as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police department. Potter is now on administrative leave.

Speaking about her standing, Gannon said “I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning.”

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott publicly supported Potter’s termination.

“My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession, so I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties,” he explained before revealing that the officers initiated the traffic stop after clocking an expired registration tag on the car’s vehicle. When they ran Wright’s name they learned that he had a warrant out for his arrest. “That’s why they were moving from the car and they were making custodial arrest.”

Gannon went onto explain that the only information he had about the arrest warrant was that it was attached to a “gross misdemeanor warrant.”

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Street Vendor By The Name Of Lorenzo Pérez Murdered Execution Style — “The person who killed my dad took away a part of me”

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Street Vendor By The Name Of Lorenzo Pérez Murdered Execution Style — “The person who killed my dad took away a part of me”

Like many street vendors, 45-year-old Lorenzo Pérez sold food to support his family.

Married and the father of four children ages 15, 13, 9, and 1, Perez is described by friends and family as being well known amongst neighborhood residents. He was often seen working alongside his daughter who helped him on occasion. Now, the community and family who knew Perez well are in mourning, after he was shot in broad daylight while doing his job.

Perez died after he being shot in the head in southeast Fresno on Sunday afternoon.

Fresno Police were called to the scene of a possible robbery at Alta and Pierce Avenues, near Kings Canyon and Willow around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. On the way to the scene, the police officers learned that a street vendor had been shot once in the head.

According to reports, Perez was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center where he ultimately died.

Witnesses of the murder told officers that a man had beckoned Perez to come over to him in a way that suggested he was going to purchase something from him.

According to police reports, when Perez walked up to the suspect, the man pulled out a gun and shot the vendor. He then stole a few items, which have not been identified, and flew the scene. Witnesses told police officers that they’d seen the man loitering around the area before the shooting.

A local news station reported that “Officers are now looking into surveillance footage from the area to try and identify the shooter… Through a statement, Fresno City Council President Luis Chavez announced that he will be offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest.”

“The coward that murdered our food vendor, turn yourself in and face the consequences. You’ve brought tremendous pain to a family and our city,” Chavez exclaimed in the statement.

To help the Perez family, Councilmember Esmeralda Soria set up a GoFundMe account which has already raised $141,780 out of its $125,000 goal.

Perez’s son, Isai, described his father in a recent interview as a “great man.”

“My father was a great man. He was a great father, a great husband, a great friend,” he said in an interview. “He spread love and kindness. He was about fairness, he wanted to share his happiness. He meant no harm. He didn’t deserve to go like this. The person who killed my dad took away a part of me. My dad went through everything for us. He took away my father. He took away the opportunity of me being with him in his last moments and it’s heartbreaking. I hope they find the murderer soon.”

If you have any information on the shooting please call Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

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