Thursday, November 16, 2006


"Heartbreaking"--that was the banner headline of today's Elkhart Truth. Four children: Jennifer Lopez 8, Gonzalo Lopez,6, Daniel Valdez, 4, and Jessica Valdez, 2, were found in their house on Hester Street in Elkhart November 14. Their mother, Angelica Alvarez, was initially thought dead, but paramedics found a weak pulse. At this writing, she is in critcal condition at Elkhart General Hospital. The deaths have been ruled homicide by asphyxiation. So far no arrests have been made, but it's likely the result of a custody battle.

Neighbors said the children were sweet and helpful. I don't really know what to say, except to offer my hope and prayers for Angelica Alvarez. Elkhart has had more than its share of crime lately, but the killing of children is the saddest of crimes. I can't imangine a sane person doing this.


Sustenance Scout said...

Steve, I'm so sorry to hear that story. How incredibly sad. K.

gerry rosser said...

My desires, transitory though they may be, are more important than the health, happiness and very lives of my children. This is a simple truth--to the terminally f***ing selfish, self-centered, sociopaths who turn up all the time in these sad news stories. And these sad new stories turn up all too often.

Patry Francis said...

Heartbreaking is the only word for it.