By Kristi Nix | Posted: Monday, November 3, 2014 9:22 pm
Friends and family members of murdered teen, Joshua Wilkerson, and a small group of supporters gathered near the site of his 2010 murder to mark the Fourth Annual National Remembrance Day for Victims Killed by Illegal Immigrants Sunday (Nov. 10). The vigil was organized by the Remembrance Project, a non-profit that aims to raise awareness of the issue, as part of a national movement to remember people killed by undocumented immigrants.
Parents George and Laura Wilkerson were among those who spoke at the gathering. “It’s been a tough road and it’s still not over for us,” Laura Wilkerson said. “None of this will bring Josh back. It’s not about justice for Josh; it’s justice maybe for some else’s kid or family member.”
The vigil highlighted the death of Josh Wilkerson, 18, who disappeared on Nov. 16, 2010 after he offered a classmate a ride home from school. Hermillo Moralez,
a 19 year-old illegal immigrant from Belize, later confessed to the murder and led police to his beaten and burned body in a remote field near Pearland. Moralez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in February 2013. “The pain has been incredible,” Laura Wilkerson said. “We just want to shed light on the fact that this is a crisis point in our country and we need to solve the problem.”
Activist Maria Espinoza, Co-Founder and National Director for the Remembrance Project, also spoke at the vigil. “Today in cities and towns all across America, family members, friends and compassionate citizens are gathering to remember those stolen lives, our friends, our loved ones, whose lives were stolen by the illegal acts of illegal aliens,” Espinoza said. She later read a letter asking President Barack Obamav to draw on federal money to cover burial costs and counseling among other things to families members of victims.
Vigil held to honor memory of those killed by illegal immigrants Activist Maria Espinoza, Co-Founder and National Director for the Remembrance
Project displays a 15 foot-long containing the names of murder victims killed by illegal immigrants. Behind her supporters hold quilts created to honor victims at a gathering held to mark the Fourth Annual National Day of Remembrance Sunday (Nov. 2).
“These killings must stop. The U.S. border must be protected. There must not be one more American life sacrificed,” Espinoza told the crowd. At the close of the vigil, Espinoza and other supporters displayed a 15 foot-long list containing names of victims and quilts showing victims’ faces and information.