PRINCE WILLIAM, VA. (WUSA9) – He sat ft from the place an officer opened hearth twice, hitting his son within the chest. A father who crossed the Rio Grande many years in the past sat beneath his house’s American flag – an emblem he nonetheless loves, believes in, and cherishes.
Oscar Urbina dreamed of elevating his household in America. His two boys and spouse lived in a pristine Prince William neighborhood, surrounded by sensible townhomes, solar-splashed streets and new two-story homes.
However Urbina stated the dream he as soon as knew ended Friday, when his 15-yr-previous son Rúben turned indignant, referred to as 911, grabbed a crowbar from the storage and did not obey police instructions. He was shot lifeless.
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Prince William’s prime prosecutor, Paul B. Ebert, stated the responding police officer’s deadly use of drive was justified. However the Urbina Household vehemently disputes regulation enforcement’s model of occasions, with Oscar Urbina penning an open letter to the officer who killed his son.
“I used to be mendacity in ache in agony on the second day of this accident, this tragedy,” Urbina stated in an interview Thursday. “There was one thing inside me so highly effective…Even at this time I nonetheless don’t know why, aside from God giving me a message for this police officer.”
He awoke in the midst of the night time in a chilly sweat.
Within the darkness, Urbina remembered his youngest son was gone, went to his pc, and titled his ideas, “A Letter of Forgiveness.” Urbina hopes the Prince William police officer who opened hearth will learn it, and maybe by some means, sometime, turn out to be a part of his household.
“God, Jesus Christ, has granted me the power and braveness to forgive you,” Urbina wrote. “By forgiving you, our household will heal slowly.”
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However Urbina’s wounds and uncooked grief have been nonetheless plain to see inside the paragraphs. He unequivocally assigned guilt to the officer, a person who has been cleared of wrongdoing.
“The distinction between you and us is that… you’re GUILTY,” Urbina wrote. “Our child is harmless.”
“Your [sic] are GUILTY on [sic] God’s courtroom of regulation.”
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Relations who gathered on the Haymarket house nonetheless didn’t perceive almost every week later why police used deadly pressure to subdue the teenager. Rúben stood simply over 5 ft tall.
Kinfolk held up their palms and flicked their index fingers, displaying how they might effortlessly knock the teenager over.
However in a information convention on Tuesday, authorities painted a darker image of a scholar who…