Tuesday, June 8, 2010

American Patriot/Hero of the Week

This week's hero is a little different. Sometimes I write the Hero posts like an announcement for an award, I do not disclose the name at the start. This week will be different, as this child hero remains, at least as far as I can research, unnamed due to the fact that he is a minor, and the family fears reprisal, though I have the feeling that most people would take what happened to Jose Luis Ortega to heart, and stay away.

Early on the morning of 1/15/2010, two illegal aliens and a third man, broke into the family's Palmview home in Hidalgo County, TX.

Via ValleyCentral.com:
"The homeowner said she and her 11-year-old son were in bed when she heard banging coming from the front door. She got up to check and she saw two Hispanic males men wearing masks and armed with handguns walking towards her. She quickly closed the bedroom door but one of the men allegedly tried to force it open. The masked man kept telling her to open the door and she would not open the door. The woman told deputies that the home invaders shot through the door and hit her son on the left hip area. Her son had a 22 cal. Rifle and shot back at the alleged robbers[, hitting one man in the neck]. The woman waited, opened the door, saw that the suspects were gone and called 911. Deputies found blood all over the floor and noted that the front door had been knocked down."

Again via ValleyCentral.com:
"The suspects have been have been identified as:

Jaime Arturo Santana-Vasquez, 34
Fernando Guerrero-Padilla, 41
Jose Luis Ortega, 26

Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported that both Santana-Vasquez and Guerrero-Padilla are illegal immigrants. The two were arrested near the scene of the crime and were arraigned under aggravated robbery charges where they each received $750,000 dollars in bonds.

Investigators reported that Ortega was shot in the neck by an 11-year-old boy who was also shot while defending his mother.

Deputies said the boy was released from the hospital over the weekend while Ortega remains in a coma at the Brooks Medical Center in San Antonio

Authorities are working to identify other suspects in the case but said Ortega would be charged with attempted murder and aggravated robbery charges once he regains consciousness.

The McAllen Monitor reported that the bullet that entered boy's groin remains in his right leg.

"We just don’t know if there’s any damages that were done to the groin area until swelling is down," the boy's mother told The Monitor.

The family told The Monitor that they are staying with relatives but they fear retaliation.

"We’re just traumatized,” the mother told The Monitor. "We can’t even close our eyes. We’re just having flashbacks and everything.""

This young boyman stood up to three armed men to protect his mother who was in the bedroom with him, and his sister was hiding in the kitchen. This young man refused to be a victim and did the job of a grown man, he protected his family. I wish him a speedy recovery, the best of luck and my utmost respect.

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