Communities struggle to cope after the murder that the government linked to illegal immigrants

Bambi Larson, 59, was violently killed in her San Jose, Calif., home earlier this year. Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson, 42, died this week in a shootout. Both deaths were attributed to the suspects, reported to be illegal immigrants.

The emotions ran high a San Jose, California. meeting this week, where residents questioned the local officials about the brutal stabbing death of Bambi Larson, who was allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant wanted by the federal immigration officials for deportation.

Authorities said Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, a native of El Salvador, with a long criminal history and admitted gang ties — stalked Larson, 59, in the February attack in her home.

“He had a crime record,” San Jose resident Connie Schneider told the Bay Area FOX 2. “He shouldn’t have been able to do this for everyone.”


Different communities have been shocked in recent weeks by the massacre, which authorities have attributed to the suspects, described as illegal immigrants, to draw the attention on President Trump’s call for a wall along the AMERICAN-mexican border and the national debate over sanctuary policy adopted by some states and cities that critics say have allowed some violent criminals who are in the U.S. illegally to avoid deportation.


Carranza, 24, were deported back to El Salvador in 2013, but re-entered the United States illegally. The case has a spotlight on California’s sanctuary laws, which permitted him to go, even the federal immigration officials had asked the local authorities to hold him in an attempt to begin deportation proceedings. These requests remain unanswered.

San Jose, and Santa Clara County officials have come under scrutiny for not handing over of Carranza over to the federal officials.

“I think everyone believes that something should be done,” Larson’s friend, George Bisceglia, told FOX 2. “There is clearly a disconnect somewhere.”

“I think everyone believes that something should be done. Clearly there is a disconnect somewhere.”

— George Bisceglia, friend of California murder victimVideoSheriff’s deputy mourned

The north of California on Wednesday, residents and law enforcement officials were mourning Kittitas County, Washington, sheriff’s deputy Ryan Thompson, who died Tuesday after exchanging gunfire with a suspect who allegedly evaded the traffic stop.

Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson, 42, was shot and killed and a police officer was injured after they exchanged was a road rage driving defendant Tuesday, authorities said Wednesday. (Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

“You need to come and for the support of our community,” Kittitas County resident Tami Merkle told Seattle KING 5 News. “And give our love to their family and the fallen officer.”

The suspect, a 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, introduced in the US. in 2014 on a temporary agricultural work visa. Investigators say he fatally shot Thompson, 42, and wounded Kittitas police officer Benito Chavez, who is expected to survive.

Flores Del Toro was fatally shot by officers during the gunfire exchange.

“This happen here? It’s crazy. That is not here,” said Ethan Keaton, 17, a junior at Ellensburg high School, which was near a growing memorial at Kittitas elementary School, according to the Seattle Times.

“This happen here? It’s crazy. That is not here.”

— Ethan Keaton, 17, a student in the area where a sheriff’s deputy was killed this weekVideo

The First United Methodist Rev. Jen Stuart changed the signage outside of her church Wednesday to read, “Together we mourn Deputy Thompson, pray for the Officer of Chavez.”

“This is the kind of thing that can tear a community apart – it can also bring us together if we choose to do it,” Stuart said.

“This is the kind of thing that can tear a community apart – it can also bring us together if we choose to allow it to do.”

— The Rev. Jen StuartFour killed in Nevada

In Reno, Nev., the death of four people have become part of the national immigration debate. The bodies of Connie Koontz, 56; Sophia Renken, 74; Gerald “Jerry” David, 81; and David’s wife, the 80-year-old Sharon, were found between Jan. 10 and Jan. 16 in Gardnerville and South Reno.



Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 19 — who investigators say entered the U.S. illegally from El Salvador – has been charged with multiple felony counts related to his so-called 10-day rampage because he needed money to buy drugs. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four murder counts.

President Trump cited the case as evidence for his promised AMERICAN-mexican border wall and the Davids’ daughters lived Trump’s State of the Union address last month.


Since the murders, the family members have the David as a generous couple who stepped up when someone needed something.

“They took me under their wing and loved me unconditionally,” the couple’s niece, Michelle Drummond, told the Reno Gazette-Journal in February. “I am a better person for the science.”

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