When a child is abducted, the entire community is affected. Every parent becomes aware of just how vulnerable they are to having it happen to their family. Just this past weekend, a little 5yr old girl in California named Samantha was abducted and later found dead in the mountains. Here are comments from neighbors as reported in the "New York Times" on the community affect after Samantha’s body was found:
“This afternoon, about 250 people held hands and prayed outside the apartments.
Mike Peck, a 40-year-old truck driver, brought his wife, Lisa, and their daughter Ashley, 9, down from Anaheim. Ashley had picked out a bouquet of flowers at a local shop to leave at the memorial.
Mr. Peck said he had his daughter watch the televised news conference, to show her that the police had made an arrest.
Ashley asked her father how long Mr. Avila would be in custody. He told her, ''He won't be coming out any time soon.''
''For a guy to come in here and do what he did, it's just unreal,'' Mr. Peck said. ''I'm real glad they arrested him. My daughter was afraid to sleep in her room last night.''
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What makes this even more upsetting is that the alleged sexual predator and murderer, Alejandro Avila, a 27-year-old production line supervisor, was acquitted of molesting two 9 yr old girls two years ago.
Samatha was abducted from the apartment parking lot while playing with a friend. An immediate search was begun after a friend alerted everyone.
Let’s see who was affected by this terrible incident:
- Obviously, Samatha and her family,
- The neighborhood area
- The search teams of involved citizens
- Law enforcement. Can you imagine how they felt? Some have kids of their own.
- Other people at the apartment complex. Heck even people who live in other apartments. How about the apartment managers and owners
- Samatha’s friend who was the last person to see her alive. Boy, will she need some counseling!
- The friends family
- Samatha's other friends and their families
- As the story relates even just kids who see it on the local television news.
Here's some less obvious ones:
- News reporters for this story.
- Councilman and Mayor of this community
- Counselors in the area
- The persons who discovered the body. Did you read his response?
- Every sexual predator still out there who is still doing this and thinks he won't get caught.
- Really, every parent, every where.
And now if you are reading this, even you. Yes, we are all affected in some way because it just keeps happening. Don’t stick your head in the sand. It could happen to your family.
It is just too easy for these predators to slip between the cracks and strike again. That is why every parent needs have a multi-layered approach to protecting their children like what is offered by Stop Kid Abductions.
- Education for children and parents
- Identification including video
- Rapid response system. Amber Alerts are not enough.
Let's work together to "Stop This Madness". Please share this website with your family, friends, and associates. It really does affect us all and we are in this together rather we realize it or not.