West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections

Director Magdalena Morales-Aina

800 E. Overland
Suite 100
El Paso, Texas 79901-2516
Phone (915) 546-8120
Fax (915) 546-8130
WestTexasCSCD
@epcounty.com

West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department

  • In the News
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  • Local news Monday, April 24, 2006
  • 2,000 walk to keep alive memory of crime victims
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  • Erica Molina Johnson
  • El Paso Times
  • Monday, April 24, 2006
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  • Carmen Esparza inhaled deeply to steady her composure Sunday morning as she spoke about her son, David Esparza.
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  • "It's still very fresh," she said.
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  • Her 19-year-old son was killed last July by an allegedly drunken driver. His mother carried a sign with a large photo of David, and also wore his photo on her shirt and a large button as she and about 40 family members joined together for the fifth annual Crime Victims Memorial Walk, which drew about 2,000 El Pasoans to Ascarate Park.
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  • "I want to feel that comfort that other parents feel the same," Carmen Esparza said. "It makes me feel better that all these people are feeling the same pain I am. We all want justice."
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  • Donna Villareal, a member of the Crime Victims Rights Council of El Paso, said the event is intended to keep alive the memory of those who have died as a result of crimes.
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  • "There's so much crime, and everyone concentrates on the criminals, but we need to remember the victims," she said.
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  • The names of 940 El Paso crime victims lined the walkway at Ascarate Park, and photos of dozens of these victims smiled out from a temporary wall dedicated to them at the event.
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  • "It's creating a sense of unity," Erika Esparza, David Esparza's sister, said. "We're all coping."
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  • The mood of the event was festive yet somber as those present laughed at memories of their loved ones or choked back tears.
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  • "I'm here for him. My presence for him is all that matters," said Karen Scott, who wore a T-shirt with a photo of her cousin, Gregory Jesus Flores, who was stabbed to death in January 2005, and whose killer has not been caught.
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  • Flores' mother, Yolanda Flores, was bolstered by the approximately 25 family members who attended with her to support her and honor her son. "We want justice for my son," Yolanda Flores said.
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  • Her brother, Ricardo Flores, stood at her side.
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  • "This is a good event because a lot of people feel left out. We all have gone through something horrific and we're not alone," he said.
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  • The feeling was echoed again and again by family and friends of those who died as a result of violence, drunken driving, domestic abuse or other crimes.
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  • "It gives you the feeling you're not alone," said Isela Martinez, cousin of Richard Holguin, who died last June after the intoxicated driver of the car he was riding in struck a pole at Castellano Drive.