When I wrote, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood..” I didn’t know…

Mother Shot To Death Defending Son

POSTED: Sunday, July 19, 2009

UPDATED: 7:30 am CDT July 20, 2009

SAN ANTONIO — A mother of three was shot to death as she tried to defend her son during an argument with rival gang members early Sunday morning, police said.

Officer Joe Rios, a San Antonio Police Department spokesman, said that Patricia Cortez’s 14-year-old son was called outside by a girlfriend at around 4:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Precious Drive. When he went out front, he was confronted by four boys, Rios said.  Cortez heard the commotion and ran to her son’s aide. That’s when Rios said that Cortez was shot in the stomach. She died in the arms of her husband, David De La Cruz.

“I tried to pick her up and I felt the hole, and I said, ‘Honey, you’re hit.’ She was just looking down at the street,” De La Cruz said. Rios said that officers are looking for five people, including the girl who made the call asking Cortez’s son to come outside.

Police have a vehicle license plate and believe the people are all members of a gang. Cortez’s son may have been a member of a rival gang, and the fight may have involved a feud between the gangs, Rios said.”


Note: This is a family member of a couple in our church life group.  The life group is a family entity in the richest of definitions and the “family” will be feeling Mike and Veronica’s pain of loss, frustration and anger at this unrighteous act of murder.  Pray for Mike and Veronica as they navigate through troubled waters. 

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It is the desire of my heart that God be Lord of my life. Life’s experiences have killed the old man and God is building a new creation in me. I look forward to experiencing the new man God creates in the old vessel known as Archie via "God Spots".

One thought on “When I wrote, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood..” I didn’t know…”

  1. Hi Archie;

    Idiots and they’re teenage kids.

    They all think it so damn easy. Years ago kids held up a branch of a bank my wife worked at. The service manager, a single mother, complied with all their requests and they murdered her anyway.

    At least one of kids turned himself in, couldn’t live with the guilt.

    CSI programs and every shoot em up show they call entertainment in America makes it look so easy, until reality comes knocking at the door.

    That is only one cause, the fact that these kids are virtually abandoned to day care and other things by working parents is another.

    If I sound angry, I am. This was needless. Probably the fourteen year old they were after hurt one of their “feelings”, if they had any.

    Sorry, as I realize this is a Christian blog, but there are times the stuff of life hits a little to close to home.

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