Charles Angelos would have been 22 years old today. Instead of celebrating his birthday with his mom and sister, he’s in a grave. MS-13 gang members in Manassas, including some illegal aliens, put him there last November.
Today’s edition of the Manassas Journal-Messenger/Potomac News has two letters to the editor from his mother (here and here). They’re not polished, and they’re obviously not part of a media campaign. They’re simply a demonstration of the raw pain of a grief-stricken mother who just wishes there was some way to hug her little boy again, and knows she can’t and never will. The letters are hard to read, because they’re so simply honest, and there’s no veneer of a higher education here to refine her pain into something that distances it from the raw emotion that she clearly feels. Raw. It’s a word worthy of overuse here, because that’s all there is here. Raw pain. Raw longing. Raw outrage.
I’ve met Wanda. She’s one of those down-to-earth and simple folks who never got that top-notch college education or worked at some high-profile job. She’s just one of those regular people who had her admittedly less-than-perfect son get murdered by a bunch of gang-bangers, many of whom shouldn’t have been in this country in the first place. In her own way, she’s working to try to make sure this tragedy isn’t forgotten, that justice is done, and that hopefully no other mother has to go through the pain and loss that her family has suffered. Don’t dismiss the message by the simple way in which it’s presented. Take this message in and understand what happens when criminal illegal aliens and gangs are doing to our community.
To the extent that we can say “never again”, we must.
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