San Antonio – The San Antonio family is dissatisfied with the silence of those who believe they have witnessed the murder of a loved one and are hesitant to speak to San Antonio police.
Olga Mendoza describes her brother, 24-year-old Jared Mendoza, as a kind gentleman and hardworking. The father of a three-year-old girl was shot dead in a unit at the Alamo Oaks apartment on Sunday night.
“He worked in the apartment that was killed here,” said Olga Mendoza. “He was very hardworking. That’s one of the greatest things about my brother and his huge heart.”
Police said the caller told Dispatch that he saw Jared Mendoza lying on the ground of his soldiers around 6 p.m. on Sunday. The family said their neighbors told them what happened before and after the shooting, but they were reluctant to tell the detective what they saw and heard. The family is annoyed by his silence.
“They say your son was a good boy.’ It was it. That was it. Oh, I know who did it, but where (the suspect) went, I don’t know who took him where and where, ”said Olga Mendoza.
Police in San Antonio reported 94 murders between January and August 2021.
Gail Switzer of the Texas Gunsens says silence is widespread in communities plagued by violence. Where community-based programs are necessary to help delay gun crime.
“I understand, in a way, they are reluctant to talk to law enforcement agencies so they can join the community, get to know others, and create programs that work with them. We need people, says Switzer.
Austin’s Switzer and other anti-gun violence groups are urging lawmakers to use the money for community-based programs. The state decides where to put the $16 billion federal coronavirus aid fund.
Switzerland wants to invest $20 million in anti-gun violence programs.
“About four or five of these are community violence intervention programs, and that’s not enough for a large state like Texas,” she said.
At least one of these events is here in San Antonio. Stand Up SA is funded by the city. A group of supporters listens to the ground and intervenes before presenting the gun.
Switzer says the families of the injured need these programs.
“We may need to experiment first to see what programs work in San Antonio and Houston, Dallas and El Paso, so when you join these programs, see what works. I’m willing to spend some money to collect the data, so I’m sure it’s based on a program that has effective data,” she said.
For information on the murder of Jared Mendoza, call SAPD Crime Stoppers (210-224-7867).
If you’d like to share your thoughts on where these federal aid funds should go, click the hyperlink to direct them to members of the committee that make these decisions in the Texas House and Senate.
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