Mother of 2 state police officers murdered in her own driveway

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New Mexico – Anyone in the law enforcement community knows that family means more than anything… and once you’re in the Blue Family, you’re in it for life.

So when the mother of two New Mexico State Police officers was tragically killed in her own driveway, the entire community felt the pain of their loss.

KRQE reported on the story, confirming that NMSP officers Kevin Dieguez and Raul Vigil didn’t grieve their mother’s loss alone.

Mother of 2 state police officers murdered in her own driveway

 

Albuquerque police say that 55-year-old Jacqueline Vigil became the victim in a robbery gone wrong while sitting in her car in her own driveway near Unser and Ladera last Tuesday.

Somehow, during the botched theft, an unknown gunman fired a fatal shot, which struck Vigil and killed her.

Vigil was reportedly warming up her vehicle at the time and was about to go to the gym. 

“It’s very heartbreaking to know that in these quiet neighborhoods, these things occur, and there’s people out there that just aren’t of a sane mind and they need to be put away,” neighbor Steven Romero said.

 

A spokesperson from the NMSP released a statement following the tragic event.

“This morning the New Mexico State Police family suffered a tragic loss. The mother of two New Mexico State Police officers was senselessly murdered this morning in Northwest Albuquerque. State Police is working closely with the Albuquerque Police Department to catch those responsible for this heinous crime. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Albuquerque Police Department. New Mexico State Police asks that everyone respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time.

OFFICER RAY WILLSON, NEW MEXICO STATE POLICE”

The brothers just recently opened up about the tragic incident.

“When I got the call that morning, I thought I was still asleep. I thought it was just a bad dream. I never thought I’d be receiving a call like that. It’s just devastating,” says Dieguez.

 

Friends, family and members of the law enforcement community gathered together for a candlelight vigil on Sunday night to grieve the woman’s loss.

Both of Vigil’s sons remembered their mom as a warm and loving person, someone who could brighten anyone’s day. 

Neighbors reflected on the tragic series of events. 

“It made me sick… you know, it just really upset me because I didn’t know her real well, but they had come over and helped my son-in-law once to bring a refrigerator in, and they were always nice,” Carolyn Hinkle said.

Police are still searching for the unknown suspect, who was last seen driving a 2000 brown Jeep Cherokee.

Violent crime has been increasing in Albuquerque, according to local members of law enforcement, with Vigil’s murder becoming the 72nd homicide in 2019. That number matches the all-time high for homicides in the city, which was set just two years ago.

Dieguez called out lawmakers and prosecutors over the “joke” that is the criminal justice system in New Mexico.

“The justice system here in New Mexico is a joke. We do our job and by the time we’re done typing our report, they’re out on the streets again,” he says.

Mother of 2 state police officers murdered in her own driveway
Dieguez called the criminal justice system a “joke”. (KRQE)

 

They’re not the only ones who feel that way. 

New York City has been plagued with instances where criminals are locked up and then repeatedly released into the community while they await trial. And with a new “Jailbreak” law, it’s about to get even worse.

According to Breitbart, a brand new law in New York is about to keep people accused of manslaughter, negligent homicide, child sex crimes and more out of jail.

And the city has no idea what’s about to happen.

Lawmakers and city leaders play it off by branding it as a benefit to non-violent offenders, but here’s the list of crimes that apparently fit into the mold. 

Brace yourselves.

  • Second-degree manslaughter
  • Aggravated vehicular assault
  • Third-degree assault
  • Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child
  • Possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child
  • Promoting a sexual performance by a child
  • Failure to register as a sex offender
  • Making terroristic threats
  • Criminally negligent homicide
  • Aggravated vehicular homicide
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Leaders in New York have been pushing to soften crime and lower jail populations. (Flickr)

 

And before you ask: yes, this is 100 percent real. According to the bill, those who are arrested in connection with any of the aforementioned offenses will not be held in jail while they await their day in court. 

Sex offenders. Child predators. Possible terrorists. All free because of a push to reduced jail populations. 

The new bail reforms are set to take effect in January of 2020. It’s part of a huge criminal justice overhaul in an attempt to fix the “broken” system and keep people in the community instead of behind bars. 

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Mother of 2 state police officers murdered in her own driveway

 

Here’s a prime example of the insanity behind the new law. 

A suspect was charged with second-degree manslaughter after he allegedly killed a bystander during a high speed chase with police. He’s locked up right now, but in January, he’ll walk out of jail — free in the community until his trial. 

Apparently criminals are a huge fan of the new law, and even voiced their support about it publicly. 

“Cuomo for president!” an accused drug dealer shouted in Spanish after he was arrested for allegedly selling narcotics to a man who later died from an overdose. 

Essentially what this means is that not only is the community in danger, but police will be put in harm’s way as they arrest and re-arrest the same offenders over and over… just to see them released back onto the streets immediately after. 

Mother of 2 state police officers murdered in her own driveway
Local residents are helping handcuffed suspects run from the police.

 

Senator Pam Helming (R) weighed in on the issue after being disgusted by the list of approved “non-violent” offenses. 

“I challenge anyone who has this view to look at this list of crimes, to read the legislation and tell me that you believe that manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, and rape in the third degree are minor offenses. Tell me, how is promoting obscene sexual performances by a child a minor offense? How is that? How about arson in the third and fourth degrees, selling controlled substances near our schools? Making terrorist threats or committing burglary and robbery in the second degree?”

And that’s not all. 

A spokesperson for Cuomo said:

“Fearmongering aside, we understand there are concerns about implementing these landmark reforms and we believe it must be done appropriately and effectively.”

Fearmongering?

New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services released data in October of 2018 that shows the recidivism rate in New York is right at 66 percent. That means that, of the 880 inmates expected to be released early in NYC, 581 of them are most likely going to end up committing additional crimes after their release.

Just in case early release wasn’t enough of a gift, Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising to follow up with even more presents for these accused criminals, by giving them free baseball tickets, movie passes and gift cards to encourage them to return to court, sources familiar with the program said.

“You’re literally rewarding them for committing a crime,’’ said a disgusted senior staffer in Manhattan Criminal Court.

And we all know how well conditions of release are followed. What the mayor is about to find is that he bought a bunch of gifts for people that will not show up for their court dates. Some could potentially sell their tickets and then no-show.

In the Big Apple, court officials estimate that 880 prisoners — about 16 percent of all pretrial detainees housed by the Department of Correction — will be eligible for the get-out-of-jail-free cards.

 

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