Thursday, April 16, 2009

I'm sorry, Louis Armstrong, it isn't a wonderful world.

In fact, I don't understand this world sometimes. I really don't.

This is verbatim from AOL News, and I have to pass it on. I doubt you'll make any sense of this, either.

(DISCLAIMER FOR LEGAL BULLSHIT: This is not being published to plajarize AOL News or to profit myself. I don't work for AOL News, so I'm also not hyping them. I'm just helping to get this information out. If you want to know even more, go to AOL News, all right?)

City Is Haunted by Horrific Crimes

(April 16) - One question has to be haunting the citizens of Tracy, Calif.: Why is this happening to our children?

The community, located about 60 miles east of San Francisco, turned out Friday for a public memorial for Sandra Cantu. One day earlier, the 8-year-old was buried in a private funeral. The mother of one of her playmates is charged with raping and murdering her.

Incredibly, Sandra’s murder is the fourth criminal case involving juvenile victims to rock this small city of about 78,000 – and make national headlines -- in recent months.

"This area has never experienced anything like this," Tracy Unified School District spokeswoman Jessica Cardoza told "These past few months have been very difficult."

In December, an emaciated, bruised, nearly naked teen with a shackle attached to his ankle ran into a Tracy gym and begged for help. The 17-year-old implored, "Hide me, please hide me," according to Chuck Ellis, a worker at InShape Fitness Center.

Four people –- among them the woman who was the boy's legal guardian -- have been arrested on charges including torture, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

In February, a plastic surgeon was arrested after several women came forward and accused him of sexually assaulting them in his Tracy office. A revised criminal complaint filed this week accuses Dr. Peter Chi, 46, of molesting 64 women. The list of alleged victims includes a 16-year-old girl.Chi is free on $100,000 bail. He was ordered to stop practicing while the case is ongoing and has surrendered his medical license.

In March, a substitute teacher was arrested on charges he molested 12 girls at a Tracy elementary school. Jesse Llorente III, 39, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 10 felony charges of lewd acts with a child, three misdemeanor counts of child molestation and one count of possession of child pornography, the Tracy Press reported. He is being held on $1 million bail.

On the same day that Llorente was arraigned in San Joaquin County Court, Melissa Huckaby, sobbed and trembled in another courtroom as she was formally charged with murder with the special circumstances of rape with a foreign object, lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14, and murder in the course of a kidnapping.

If convicted in the death of Sandra Cantu, Huckaby, 28, could face the death penalty. Prosecutors have not decided yet whether they will seek it.

Sandra disappeared March 27. She was last seen in the trailer park where both her family and Huckaby lived. Ten days after Sandra vanished, her body was found stuffed in a suitcase that had been submerged in an irrigation pond. Huckaby was arrested late April 10.

Huckaby, the granddaughter of a local Baptist pastor, has a 5-year-old daughter who often played with Sandra. Huckaby herself taught Sunday school at her grandfather's church.


I hope you're resting in peace, Sandra.

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