Can one have all these feelings for someone who has never crossed one’s path in our life? Yes, we can, and that is the way I feel about Maria Ureña, a person I have never met face to face, and yet who has taken a very special place in my heart. She is celebrating her birthday this week.
Why such a big deal for someone just celebrating a birthday, you may ask, and I will explain it as briefly as possible.
I first learned of her when she called this newspaper to talk about another of the injustices in our courts of law in the country of Las Vegas.
After a first call, many more came, and we got very involved with her situation. That, in a nutshell, is why I do respect, admire and hold her in very high regard.
I am not going to get into any details about the very main reason for Maria to call the newspaper that “no one reads,” as the campaign manager of losing Senator candidate Victoria Seaman refers to the Las Vegas Tribune, because some of her legal dealings with Clark County are not finished and she may have some retaliation from the judicial system and the court in this, our country of Las Vegas.
Maria has been in a wheelchair for many years and from that seat she has raised all her children, encouraging them and leading ALL of them on to become professionals and distinguished members of our society.
This lady was a victim of a terrible domestic violence tragedy where her mother was killed and she was committed to being in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
Miami police and other law enforcement groups, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, AKA the FBI, has not lifted one single finger to bring her ex-husband and father of her children to pay for the crime he committed.
While Maria’s assailant never paid for the death of her mother and never was prosecuted for leaving her to live the rest of her life in a wheelchair, she has given each of her children education and a decent life all by herself, without government help — or anyone’s help, for that matter.
While many people that have entered the country illegally and have taken economic advantage of our system, Maria has worked and has raised her children all by herself, mourning the death of her mother while the killer is enjoying his life, perhaps with a new family in another city or state.
Crimes like this one, that remain unsolved, is what make many people lose faith and trust in our judicial system, while many innocent people are behind bars paying for a crime they have not committed because those investigating the crime or prosecuting the case are not honorable enough to accept the fact that they did a sloppy job in investigating the crime, or don’t even have the courage to say that they cannot prosecute the case because the investigation was not a clean one.
For years we have written about men and women that are sitting in prison despite the fact that, not only are they innocent, but those who could prove it have also come forward to prove their innocence.
Unfortunately many prosecutors are looking ahead to become judges and they “need the sentencing record” to win that election, and justice becomes irrelevant to those people.
We believe that it is better to let guilty people out of prison than to make one innocent man/woman another number in our prison system.
This week is Maria’s birthday and I want to take a moment out of our corrupted political system and show my respect to her and tell her how proud I am of knowing her, even if it is only via telephone, hoping that on some future birthday we can change her current status by seeing the assassin of her mother and the cause of her being wheelchair bound behind bars, paying for his crime.
Happy birthday Señora Maria, and God Bless you.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column. Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.