At a news conference on Friday, the parents said they were both angry and determined to see both men involved in Arlene’s death behind bars.
“He was out. He lived in my area, near my house,” Armando said. “You think I want to stay at my house right now?”
That anger turned to anguish as Gwen spoke.
“I feel like he needs to go to jail. Both of them,” Gwen said.
Then she broke down.
Their grief was compounded by the fact that no one was responsible for Arlene’s murder. Houston police say Tony Earls shot and killed a 9-year-old boy after being robbed at a Chase bank in Gulfgate. Earls was charged with aggravated assault and posted a $100,000 fine.
New surveillance video shows the unidentified thief who caused the shooting. On Friday night, both men were free.
“Our children, they are our everything,” said Attorney Rick Ramos. “We are sending a message to criminals that a child has absolutely no value.”
Ramos said these men should be arrested, charged with murder and denied binding. On top of that, Ramos also plans to sue Chase Bank on behalf of his family.
The banking company allegedly failed to provide the necessary security that could have prevented Arlene’s death.
Armando said: “How many children will have to die? Are you going to wait until it’s your baby? That’s not true.”
There is a march planned in Gulfgate for Arlene on Saturday morning. Everyone is going to meet at 11am
The family of Ashanti Grant, 9, told ABC13 they plan to attend. Ashanti was also shot earlier this month in a road rage incident, but fortunately her condition is improving. Ashanti’s grandmother said they wanted to support Alvarez’s.
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