Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Statement from Mayor Ralph Becker on the Death of Maria Del Carmen Menchaca

As Mayor, and as a father and grandfather, my heart goes out to the Menchaca family for the loss of Maria Del Carmen Menchaca. There are not words to express how heartbreaking it is for our community to lose an innocent child in such a senseless way.

I want to commend the work of the Salt Lake City Police Department for quickly bringing the suspects in Maria’s killing into custody. I will continue to support the work of our police department — and particularly our Gang Unit — in ongoing efforts to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future,

This tragedy raises many questions about how our community can better deal with the gang problem. In the days and weeks to come, I will work with Police Chief Burbank and other law enforcement and community leaders to assess our efforts and identify new strategies for keeping our community safe.

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