'Enough is enough!' Outrage as ‘human smuggler’ kills girl, 7, grandmom and 2 others in Texas car crash
OZANA, TEXAS: According to Texas officials, a man fleeing the police while transporting illegal immigrants struck and killed a 7-year-old, her grandmother, and two other people in a terrible crash. Rassian Natery Comer, 22, allegedly crashed his truck into a car carrying Maria Socorro Alvarez-Tambunga, 71, and her granddaughter Emilia Brooke Tambunga,7, who both died, as per local reports. The crash stirred up local lawmakers, and the entire town of Ozona has been in mourning.
The crash claimed the lives of two of the 11 illegal immigrants in Comer's truck—men who were transported into the country illegally from Mexico and were identified as being 42 and 45 years old. The Texas Department of Public Safety reportedly said that Comer is under investigation for smuggling people and is facing a slew of charges in connection with the crash. He continued to be in a critical state in the hospital on Thursday, March 16, as a result of the tragedy, reports New York Post.
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Who is Rassian Comer?
Comer was recognized as a Bossier City, Louisiana, native. He was likely chosen for a smuggling operation via social media. Cartels frequently entice drivers from other states to visit Texas and transport illegal immigrants in exchange for thousands of dollars if they are effective, as per New York Post.
How did the horror crash happen?
When police attempted to pull Comer over for speeding on Monday night, he refused to stop his vehicle and then raced through the 17,000-person town while running a red light before slamming into 71-year-old Maria Alvarez's car. Alvarez and her grandchild Emilia Tambunga were both pronounced dead at the site even though several emergency services, including a medical helicopter and an Airmed plane, had been summoned.
'My whole world is shattered'
The adored pair, who were said to be extremely close, was laid to rest on Thursday morning at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Elisa Tambunga, the girl's distraught mother, told the local media. "My dad, sister, and I are trying to process," the mother said in a social media post. "We just need prayers right now." In a different post, she wrote, "My whole world is shattered. I’m not sure how to exist in a world that my baby doesn’t. In a world where my mom doesn’t exist any longer."
While there are rollovers and accidents involving illegal immigrants in southern Texas, those who are smuggled into the nation or who are being brought there are typically the only ones who die or are hurt. Uninvolved bystanders rarely are hurt or killed.
'Illegal immigration is killing Americans'
"While I am heartbroken, I am also enraged," said US Rep Tony Gonzales in a tweet. "Enough is enough. Illegal immigration is killing Americans. We need to stop with the rhetoric & deliver solutions." Internet was quick to his tweet with one user writing, "You're absolutely right!!! Enough is enough!!!! It has been enough for way too long now." Another said, "Isn’t that your job to come up with the solution rather than politicizing this." Another user wrote, "We are going to see a lot more of this unfortunately." Another user said, "Time to hold these smugglers accountable instead of a slap on the wrist." The mother of the 7-year-old girl also wrote on his post, "My name is Elisa Tambunga. I am the mother and daughter of those killed here in Ozona. We would like to reach out to you. Please respond!" Another user noted, "Wish the world would stop turning for you and yours and allow answers to come to you for your peace."
On Monday in Ozona, a grandmother & granddaughter were killed after their car was hit during a high speed migrant chase.— Rep. Tony Gonzales (@RepTonyGonzales) March 15, 2023
While I am heartbroken, I am also enraged. Enough is enough. Illegal immigration is killing Americans. We need to stop with the rhetoric & deliver solutions. https://t.co/gEWadYf7g0
You're absolutely right!!! Enough is enough!!!! It has been enough for way too long now.— Cheryl Scott (@rallypack) March 16, 2023
Isn’t that your job to come up with the solution rather than politicizing this— Sad in Texas (@coachwkm) March 16, 2023
We are going to see a lot more of this unfortunately.— fletch123 (@kaylynfletcher3) March 17, 2023
Time to hold these smugglers accountable instead of a slap on the wrist.— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeWanabe) March 16, 2023
@RepTonyGonzales . My name is Elisa Tambunga. I am the mother and daughter of those killed here in Ozona. We would like to reach out to you. Please respond!— ⒺⓁⒾⓈⒶ (@emtambunga) March 16, 2023
Wish the world would stop turning for you and yours and allow answers to come to you for your peace— Larry (@Larry71000851) March 16, 2023
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