|Aguirre lawyer Mr Wicks on right more HERE|
Today was the third and final day of testimony regarding mitigating factors. Before i share some of that with you,
First, let me share some of the comments written in the past few days on this blog from acquaintances of Mr. Aguirre:
"...Luis was not a product of his environment rather he made a decision and acted it on. He was a person who "made it out", but as far as Tanya and Juan he just couldn't get away from that so he calculated and planned and waited until he had a chance to do away with them. What about Tanya and Juan-- no one got to sit and tell Luis the night he killed them how much they meant to the family or what kind of people they were and how much they would be missed, he took things into his own hands and ended their life...."
another comment stated:
"...It was a Difficult Community? Humboldt Park, Chicago? Let's See, Beatriz Santiago-Newly Appointed Judge, raised in Humboldt Park, Chicago. Mike Oquendo, successful comedian, from Humboldt Park, Chicago. Jaslene Gonzalez, from Humboldt Park, Chicago. Doctors, Lawyers, Policemen, Firemen and Countless other people who I know Personally, most of which I went to the same impoverished schools with, from Humboldt Park, Chicago..."
|defense lawyer Frieden on left more HERE|
Yesterday, Several witnesses gave taped testimony from Chicago regarding Luis' relationship with 2 of his (living) children. They all indicated that they felt he was a good father, that he could continue to be a good role model if he were in prison. For details, see Katherine Wartell in the Mercury HERE or read KMAN Tom Reust HERE
One thought that continues to pop up for me is the lack of a call to 911. No matter how one tries to spin this tragedy, i would like those who love and defended him to speak to how a "thoughtful" "nice" "smart" man who is such a good father and so caring, could bury two bodies in a shallow grave.
Could ignore his own child's needs, and when threatened to be forced to take care of the child, pick up his child and young woman in the middle of the night and bring them to Ogden Kansas. Dead less than a day later. He buries them and is gone. How is that explained??
Today, there were two witnesses. The first was a forensic psychologist who had evaluated Luis.
One point he made, that Luis seemed to show sadness or remorse at the deaths of Tanya and Juan, was challenged by Barry Wilkerson on cross-examination.
Mr Wilkerson pointed out the self-serving nature and duplicitous tendencies of Mr. Aguirre. He brought up several examples of his lies and revisions during the course of the investigation. He brought up the fact that most of the face-value manifestations from Mr. Aguirre turned out to be false.
The most important finding in my opinion was about how Luis might respond to verbal threat or abuse or attack; Tanya's final email comes to mind.
I suppose this is sadly, how many children who have suffered the demeaning and hurtful treatment described by family members, respond.
That is, they take the saddest emotions, the horror of being abused by the very ones who should love them best, and bury the anguish.
How else to go on? This is how dissociative disorders develop, how depression begins, this is the source of many troubles in adulthood, and why the BURYING of pain is not healthy.
But burying the pain is often the only option available to children.
They want to survive.
"Where there is no compassion,
let there be no judgment..."