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5 Unsolved Murders That Have Left Families Shattered As They Search For Answers

Hundreds of murder cases remain unsolved every year in the United States. Many families of Latino victims are still waiting for justice for their loved ones. Here are some cases that are cold or were cold for decades and being worked on my police departments across the country.

Josue Flores’ brutal stabbing in Houston, Texas.

In 2016, 11-year-old Josue Flores was stabbed to death while walking home from school. The young child was stabbed 20 times by an unknown assailant. Over the years, suspects have been questioned and detained. However, evidence and the lack of evidence has led to charges being dropped against those accused. The case remains unsolved but prompted a response from the community to make sure children walking home from school are safe.

The shooting death of Salvador Chavez in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Nineteen years ago, Salvador Chavez was shot in Kansas City and pronounced dead at the scene when officers arrived. The police department has still not found his killer. Not a lot is known about his death, which occurred in 1999. Police were called to the scene by witnesses who heard gun shots but didn’t see what happened.

The shooting murder of Carlos Valladares in Miami, Florida.

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In 1992, Carlos Valladares left his jewelry shop to get a coffee with an unidentified man in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. When two men went to search for him at the store, the doors were locked and they eventually found Valladares fatally shot inside at the back of the store. After identifying the man whom Valladares had coffee with from tips, police never found enough evidence to tie the man he was having coffee with to his murder. It is still an unsolved crime that haunts one of the cops who worked on the case.

The shooting death of Joshua Rodriguez in Dallas, Texas.

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In 2015, a night that was supposed to be filled with happiness at a Dallas-area high school graduation party, turned into terror when gunfire erupted at the party. According to reports, a fight broke out at the party and someone fired an assault rifle into the crowd from the street. Twenty one-year-old Joshua Rodriguez was shot dead. Three years later, detectives and police are still trying to bring justice to the victim’s family and find his murderer.

Death of beauty queen Irene Garza in McAllen, Texas.

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Sometimes after years or even decades of going cold, a break in the case helps a victim’s family finally gain the peace and justice they were looking for. This happened in the 1960 murder case of beauty queen and teacher Irene Garza, whose body was found in a canal days after last attending church in McAllen, Texas. Former priest John Feit was convicted of raping and strangling the 25-year-old woman after she went to church to confess her sins.


READ: Texas Law Enforcement Authorities Have Charged A Border Patrol Agent With The Murder Of A Mother And Young Child On The Border

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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A shooting that occurred over the weekend in Compton, California has sparked shock, alarm, and outrage.

The shooting occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday at MLK Transit Center in Compton. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the gunman made his way toward the passenger’s side of the deputies’ car and shot two deputies with a pistol without precedent.

One of the victims is a 31-year-old mother.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s department tweeted surveillance footage of the shooting which also captured the gunman fleeing the scene.

According to reports, the gunman fired into the deputies’ car without pretext.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Alex Villanueva, the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

According to Villanueva, both of the deputies (Claudia Apolinar a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man) were sworn in just 14 months ago and are in critical condition at the hospital. According to the sheriff’s department both are “fighting for their lives” but “it looks like they’re going to be able to recover.”

Apolinar and her partner were both shot at close range. Apolinar was shot in the face and torso and her partner sustained multiple gunshot wounds Seeing that he was in need of immediate medical treatment, Apolinar managed to make a tourniquet for him before medics arrived.

According to the New York Post, Apolinar is a former librarian who graduated from the academy last year.

“We’ll see what the long-term impact is. We don’t know that yet, but they survived the worst,” Villanueva explained.

Local officials have announced a $100,000 reward for information on the gunman and his whereabouts.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke out against the attack and condemned it in a statement calling “Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on.”

Speaking about the incident, Democratic US Rep. Adam Schiff called the attack “cowardly.”

“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” Schiff stated in a post shared to Twitter. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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In early 2019, “Empire “actor Jussie Smollett found himself thrust into the public spotlight of scrutiny after it was reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime. His original claim initially prompted public outrage and a flood of support from fans. Then, nearly three weeks later, the public was shocked to learn that Smollett had been charged with disorderly conduct and the false filing of a police report after it was determined that the attack had been staged. Worse? Officials suspected that Smollett himself had choreographed the entire attack from start to finish. In March of 2019, the actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report that claimed two men attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Since then, the charges against Smollett have been dropped but his reputation remains tarnished. The court of public opinion has determined that he is a liar and fabricator. Ultimately he was dropped from his role on his show and he has remained relatively silent about the issue.

Now, a year after the alleged attack Smollett is speaking out about the controversy in a rare interview.

On Wednesday, the actor made an appearance in an Instagram Live conversation with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill. During the interview, Smollett addressed his ongoing trial calling the situation “frustrating, to say the least.”

“It’s been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue,” Smollett explained. “I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don’t really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. … It’s so much bigger than me.”

Smollett went onto share what the past year has done to him and shared that his legal team recently filed a motion against his indictment. The motion is set to be reviewed in court on Thursday. “I believe I have to give it up to God,” Smollett explained before adding that he thinks the legal motion will fall in his favor.

“They won’t let this go,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter — there is an example being made. And the sad part is that there’s an example being made of someone who did not do what they are being accused of.”

Addressing accusations that his original claims were all a hoax, Smollett said that “From the very, very beginning, it was set up to seem like I was lying about something or everything.”

Smollett claimed “there would be no reason for me to do this” and called the accusations “bulls—,” before adding that the “last thing” hew would ever want to do is “be portrayed as a victim.”

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