Tuesday, February 12, 2019

El Paso Trump Rally - Cynthia Ferguson Wears Packers Shirt to Honor Daughter

Here's an explanation of the woman wearing the Packers shirt at President Trump's rally in El Paso last night.

She wasn't trolling Texas, as some suggested on social media. She was honoring her 28-year-old daughter, Amanda.

Amanda was a devoted sixth-grade teacher and a devoted fan of the Packers.

On Thanksgiving morning, she was killed by Joel Velazquez.

From El Paso Times:

A man accused of killing an elementary school teacher on Thanksgiving in a hit-and-run accident reported his vehicle stolen to avoid being arrested, court documents state.

Joel Josue Velazquez, 24, ran two red lights in the Cincinnati Entertainment District in West El Paso before he fatally struck Amanda “Mandy” Weyant Ferguson, according to a complaint affidavit.

Friday afternoon, court officials said Velazquez was rebooked on charges of manslaughter and tampering with evidence. Bonds were set at $500,000 on the manslaughter charge and $10,000 for the tampering with evidence charge.

...According to the affidavit, surveillance video shows a red vehicle running a red light at Mesa Street and Glory Road and another one at Mesa Street and Cincinnati Avenue, where it strikes Weyant Ferguson, after which it continues driving before turning on to Robinson Street. Weyant Ferguson had the pedestrian walk signal when she was crossing the street, according to the affidavit.

...After striking Weyant Ferguson, Velazquez allegedly fled the scene and abandoned his red 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier in the 1300 block of Cincinnati Avenue.

He then called a friend to pick him up. Velazquez told the friend that he needed a ride because he was having problems with his car, the affidavit reads.

...Two people who live in the 1300 block of Cincinnati Avenue called police Nov. 22 and reported a suspicious vehicle parked in their neighborhood.

The vehicle had damage to its front end and the windshield was shattered. The windshield had blood and pieces of hair on it, and the investigating officer determined that the damage to the vehicle was “consistent with the vehicle striking a pedestrian,” according to the affidavit.

Officers were able to connect Velazquez to the car by checking the vehicle’s license plates.

Investigators then went to Velazquez’s house Nov. 23 to question him about the vehicle.

Velazquez allegedly told officers that he had reported the vehicle stolen that morning.

Velazquez’s father told police that his son had asked him to report the vehicle stolen, according to the affidavit.

Velazquez then agreed to go to the El Paso Police Headquarters to provide a statement about the stolen vehicle and the fatal accident.

He told officers that car was stolen from Malolam Bar, 4935 N. Mesa St., according to the affidavit.

Velazquez also denied that he was involved in the fatal accident.

The next day, Velazquez told officers at the Central Regional Command Center that he was “the one involved in the hit and run and he wanted to turn himself in,” the affidavit reads.

He was asked to go to the department’s headquarters to give a statement. Velazquez was taken to the headquarters by his father.

In his statement, Velazquez admitted to being the driver of the vehicle that struck Weyant Ferguson and to fleeing the scene. He added that he left the vehicle parked “next to some houses” and “tossed the keys,” according to the affidavit.

Velazquez also allegedly said he left a pack of beers in the vehicle.

He told officers that he had “five or six beers” before the fatal wreck, the affidavit states, and he allegedly confessed that his first statement to police about the vehicle being stolen was a lie.

Velazquez told officers he lied at first because he does not have “any papers” and he was scared, the affidavit states.

God bless Dan and Cynthia Ferguson.

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