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What a disgrace
On behalf of the family of Antonio Garza III, we are coming forward to respond to the article that was published in the Frio-Nueces Current on Thursday, September 16.
Let’s make it clear that, in fact, Antonio (Tony) Garza III died in the hands of the county. Antonio was, in fact, in their custody when the suicide occurred. Let’s not forget that since the day of Antonio’s arrest, the family was told by the La Salle County Jail that Antonio was indeed under suicide watch. The only reason Antonio was released into the custody of the family was that the sheriff prevented the hospital from releasing any information to the family.
The article also stated that Antonio was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of assault on a family member or household member. That was also false.
Is the article in the newspaper just to make the community feel at ease and the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office clear of the situation that happened in their hands?
What a disgrace and total disrespect towards the family, not even allowing the family to lay our loved one to rest.
The Garza family has been tormented through this and continues to be put through more torment. Antonio Garza III was loved by his Garza family and we will not allow this to continue.
*Editor’s note: The Frio-Nueces Current stands by its reporting of the facts of the case, namely the public records of the August 28 arrest and Garza’s detention in La Salle County custody, which ended when he was released on bond Sept. 6. Garza died on Sept. 9.
Can only lead to more bloodshed
There are immigrants at the Del Rio border who are looking for work. Texas has jobs but our work visa process prevents their immigration. Most of these immigrants will apply for legal asylum but unlike the thousands of Afghanistan immigrants coming to Texas, some of these Del Rio immigrants will be denied asylum.
In the 1800’s thousands of Americans migrated to Texas legally upon the request of Tejanos and were provided free land, but thousands were also illegal immigrants. Tejanos revolted against Spain (Battle of Medina) and Mexico (Battle of the Alamo) and now we have Texas. Tejanos are feisty just waiting for the next war. Today, the Texas Governor and Lt. Governor and Senator Ted Cruz have called or implied this recent immigration is an invasion and fear that Texas will be politically lost to all these potentially new citizens.
As a Frio County native, my grandfather Tuburico Trevino came here in early 1900s from Mexico and paid 50 cents (“Dos Reales”) for the train ride. Our family worked and paid a fair price for our land and homes. Tejanos are fully aware of what a legal citizen is today and in our past. The government’s official panicked responses this month by enraged politicians can only lead to more bloodshed like the 2019 El Paso massacre or January 6 Capitol riot committed by right-wing lunatics.
Reynaldo M. Trevino