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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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A Car Struck A Black Lives Matter Protester And Sped Off With Her On The Hood

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A Car Struck A Black Lives Matter Protester And Sped Off With Her On The Hood

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At a time when people should be lending an open ear and contributing to current cultural conversations, a 29-year-old Black Lives Matter protester from Bloomington, Indiana was injured on Monday after a car rammed into her and sped away with her on the hood of the car. As the car sped off, another man, 35, held on to the side of the car as it drove away.

A short clip of the incident was posted on Twitter and shows a red car driving off with the woman on the hood and the man hanging off of its side.

The incident captured by Rodney C. Root took place at the end of a protest march in Bloomington. The march was in response to claim by a Black man named Vauhxx Booker who said he was attacked by a group of white people who “attempted lynching” him. “At one point during the attack one of the men jumped on my neck,” Booker wrote on Facebook about the incident. “I could feel both his feet and his full bodyweight land hard against my neck.”

According to police, the incident at the protest may have escalated when the male passenger of the red car, a Toyota, threw an electric scooter left in the middle of the road.

According to Buzzfeed News the Bloomington Police Department said in a statement that the woman protestor, identified as Rachel Glago, approached the car and stood in front of it with her hands on the hood. When the car began to accelerate, the women jumped on the hood of the car and the man grabbed the car and clung on to its side. The two people clung to the car as it continued to speed down the road. When the car rapidly turned both the man and woman were thrown from the hood.

GoFundMe page for Rachel Glago’s medical expenses said she will be okay” but did have a concussion. The man involved had abrasions on his arms.

Police said the car has not been located as of yet but a male and female were in the car.

In an interview with RTV6, the man who clung to the side of the car, Geoff Stewart, said he and other protesters attempted to stop the car from driving while the road was being cleared up. “A woman driving the vehicle came up to the stop and had started revving her engine toward us and we tried to stop her and let her know that the crowd is clearing up, just wait a second,” Stewart said in the interview. “But she and her passenger both wanted to go right away so they started to push. They pushed into the woman that was with me, and when she pushed again, both of us went on the vehicle.”

“I was just trying to block her vision so she would slow down so I tried to pull myself as far in her way to obstruct her view. She drove through red lights and made her turn up here that threw both of us off the car,” Stewart said.

This 13-Year-Old Girl From Bakersfield, California Has Gone Missing

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This 13-Year-Old Girl From Bakersfield, California Has Gone Missing

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On July 1, Patricia “Patty” Alatorre’s family reported her missing. According to the site Black and Missing, a total of 230,302 minorities out of 612,846 people were reported missing in the United States. We’re hoping this report ensures Alatorre won’t be another FBI’s statistic which has seen nearly 87,500 active missing persons on record each year.

According to the Bakersfield Police Department, Alatorre was last seen in Bakersfield at 11:30 pm.

Alatorre is described as being 5 foot, 90 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen on Crescent Ridge Street near Hosking Avenue & Wible Road in Bakersfield. On Monday, police arrested Armando Cruz of Inglewood for his alleged involvement in Alatorre’s disappearance. He is a 24-year-old man from California and has been charged in connection with Alatorre’s disappearance and according to reports, perhaps her murder.

“Cruz was booked into Kern County Jail and charged with murder and sexual assault of a juvenile,” People.com reports and according to the Kern County Jail website he is being held without bail.

Earlier this week, detectives took a vehicle that matched the description of the suspicious truck that had been seen in the area at the time of Alatorre’s disappearance. The truck is a white pick-up.

Police have yet to reveal whether Alatorre’s remains have been found and Cruz has yet to enter a plea. Still, if you know anything about the case please be sure to contact Bakersfield police.

Bakersfield Police is urging the public with any information to contact Detective Ursery at 661-326-3871 or the Kern County Secret Witness hotline at 661-322-4040.