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Happy Birthday “CJ”

By Greg L | 28 May 2007 | Illegal Aliens, Manassas City | 5 Comments

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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  1. sandy said on 28 May 2007 at 6:55 am:
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    This letter should be e-mailed to ur Sentors in Congress.

  2. Maureen Wood said on 28 May 2007 at 11:51 am:
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    I’ve also met Wanda and it isn’t easy to watch her pain. I can’t begin to understand what she is going through. I am a mother also and I can’t even begin to imagine the pain of losing a child, no matter how old they are.

    Wanda be strong! You have a wonderful daughter and grandchild that need you. I wish we could lessen your pain somehow.

    I cried when I read your letter, as I’m sure others did. At the end of the letter Wanda’s email address was posted. cjisourman@yahoo.com
    I would encourage everyone to write her and support her. I know she has a trial coming up and will need all of the support we can give her, to get her through this ordeal. No mother should ever have to go through this! Lets not let her go through it alone.

    My heart is with you and your daughter.

  3. Ken Reynolds said on 28 May 2007 at 6:16 pm:
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    I think its a little sick to use the phrase “Happy Biirthday” Sounds like some bitter sarcasm at a time of very very sad mourning of CJ. Also, this is an obnoxious stretch to bring CJ into the much bigger immigration issue. Sure MS-13 is awful and as far as i am concerned, round them up - if you are certain who ‘them’ is and put them any for 50+ yrs. But to use CJ in the ways you have is a disgrace. Of course, that is what so many of your articles are - disgraceful. Grow up!!

  4. Greg L said on 28 May 2007 at 9:20 pm:
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    There is no sarcasm here. I’ve spoken with Wanda Angelos, and she is interested in ensuring that her son is not forgotten. She has asked me to do anything I can to help keep her son’s memory alive, and I have been happy to help.

    It is also worth noting that Wanda Angelos is an active member of Help Save Manassas precisely because she’s seen first-hand the impact of criminal illegal aliens in our community. If you are concerned that someone is wrongly hijacking her son’s memory, I invite you to come to the next Help Save Manassas meeting on Wednesday and speak with her.

    I’m sure you’ll find what she has to say very compelling, and I doubt you’ll come away from that conversation with the same opinion you seem to hold now.

  5. HB said on 30 May 2007 at 7:58 pm:
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    Peace to Wanda with my apologies……….i will remember CJ and Wanda in my prayers

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