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Jul 21, 2014

Ramon Cervantes Jr. Voices Displeasure with Investigation into Father’s Murder

Ramon Cervantes Sr.

Three men have been charged for the kidnapping and murder of seventy-one year old Ramon Cervantes Sr., and Police are actively hunting for another man, Manuel Castillo. The body of Cervantes was found on July fifth, buried in a shallow grave. He had been beaten to death. Three days after, the men arrested for the crime led Police to another body, that of forty-six year old Sonia Maribel Abac, thrown in a well near where Cervantes was found. The men were charged on July ninth, for their involvement in Cervantes’ case, but have still not been charged for the death of Abac. Just as disturbing have been reports that two Police officers were questioned during the investigation. Last week Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie confirmed those reports, but would not reveal the names of the officers, or their involvement in the matter, because the investigation is ongoing. For the family of Cervantes, that is no consolation and cold comfort.

 

Ramon Cervantes Jr., Son of Deceased

“I’m not satisfied and I’m more surprised that he doesn’t even know the names. I think that’s what he mentioned if I heard correctly. But that’s the way it goes. It is not up to me to determine what he says or doesn’t say.”

 

Reporter

Ramon Cervantes Jr.

“Sir what do you know of the status of these officers. Have they been released? Are they still under investigation?”

 

Ramon Cervantes Jr.

“I don’t know for certain. Frankly I do not know what the status of the investigation is legally or officially.”

 

Reporter

“Is there any update from the Police on how far they have reached and if any other charges will be levied on the three men or other people?”

 

Ramon Cervantes Jr.

“No…no official updates either.”

 

Reporter

“Those handcuffs…how certain are you that those were found when your father’s body was found?”

 

Ramon Cervantes Jr.

“Well I saw my father’s body when he was exhumed from the grave. And he was handcuffed. He had on handcuffs, he was duct-taped and the handcuffs had chains that ran all the way to his feet too. So I saw it. We all saw it.”

 

Reporter

“At any point in time did you know that any Police Officers were in official detention?”

 

Ramon Cervantes Jr.

“No I don’t know if at any time any officers were in detention.”

 

Reporter

“Sir…how certain are you that these handcuffs are connected to the Police Department.”

 

Ramon Cervantes Jr.

“That’s a very tricky question in that officially nothing has been said about it….any ties linking the handcuffs to the officers…but the people in the Police Department know it is so unless some of them told a lie. That’s all I can say.”

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