Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Plea for higher reward in Vasquez murder investigation

The Leaf Chronicle reports in this article that Terry McMoore and Tommy Vallejos of Clarksville are asking that the authorities offer a higher reward for information in the murder investigation of Juan Vasquez and his 18-year-old son Thomas Vasquez. The reward is currently set at $1,000.00.

McMoore worked with Juan Vasquez in the Clarksville NAACP, and Vallejos is a local pastor and the President of Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education ("HOPE"), which was founded by Juan Vasquez. The bonds that father and son forged in the Clarksville community are highlighted in this article in the Leaf-Chronicle:

"Terry and Wanda McMoore first met [Juan] Vasquez at a HOPE rally on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse. Wanda McMoore had known Thomas Vasquez for years, having met him when he and her daughter were in elementary school."

"'Juan and Thomas were beautiful people inside and out — especially on the inside,' she said. '(Thomas) was such a sweet kid — full of energy and always there to help his dad.'"

"Vasquez saw civil rights issues as affecting everyone — not only white people, black people or Hispanic people, Terry McMoore said."

"'Our issues are basically the same — they're human issues,' he said. 'Juan was like my eyes into the Hispanic community.'"

Juan and Thomas Vasquez were found murdered in Clarksville on Friday (story here). The crimes are still under investigation.

Photo of Juan Vasquez by the Leaf-Chronicle

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