Agnes Gibboney has lived with the pain of losing her son, Ronald da Silva, almost 20 years.
“My son got the bullet here, and it went across his chest, severing a main artery, and he bled to death,” Gibboney said, motioning to her own shoulder. “And my whole world collapsed right there.”
Gibboney says, a gang member, in the United States illegally, was trying to shoot her son’s friend for revenge.
Instead, he missed.
“This individual will be released into our streets next year, into our incredible sanctuary state of California, thanks to Governor Jerry Brown, and Gavin Newsom, who don’t care,” Gibboney said.
Monday night, Gibboney sharing her story in Fresno.
Gibboney is an immigrant herself, entering legally as a teen, even spending time in a refugee camp.
She’s shared the same story with President Donald Trump at the White House.
Immigrant activists say, a wall, won’t make a difference.
“They dig tunnels, they go through checkpoints,” activist Stan Santos said.
Saying the government needs to address the root of the problem; and violence here in America, is violence, immigrant or not.
“It’s much more of a dominant theme in society, than one that can be simply blamed on one, or two or a dozen immigrants,” Santos said.
Santos volunteers with several immigrant aid groups; he lost his own son in law, when gang members shot him.
“And that was by another young man on the street, and it wasn’t an immigrant,” Santos said. “We have to stop violence wherever it rears its ugly head.”
Gibboney, wants action, too.
“I hope that our country will turn around, and American citizens will wake up,” Gibboney said. “We come first, not illegal aliens who are breaking the laws.”
Gibboney says her son’s killer is set to be released in 2020.
Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe.