It was not long before the authorities in Iowa named a suspect in the murder of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts because her death was turned into political weight.
Following the fact that the 24-year-old suspected police arrested, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a Mexican national who told the authorities, was illegal in the country, many Republicans, from President Trump, used the death to stand up for tougher immigration laws Advocate
But Tibbetts family members have given a different note, even in the emotionally tense days immediately after confirming their death last week, even though they did not blame the president directly. During the emotional eulogy her father, Rob Tibbetts gave on her funeral Sunday, he emphasized his positive feelings for the local Hispanic community.
"The Hispanic community is Iowans, they have the same values as Iowans," he said after the Des Moines Register. He said he ate at several Mexican restaurants during the nearly six weeks he spent in Iowa while the authorities were searching for his daughter. "As for me, they are Iowans with better food."
The line applauded from the crowd of more than 1,000, the register reported, and stood in contrast to the heated political debate over immigration in connection with Tibbetts death. Research has shown that immigrants – both illegal and illegal – commit crime significantly less frequently than native citizens.
Tibbet's disappearance during a jog on July 18 brought weeks of media coverage culminating in disclosure on August 21, these authorities had found their bodies in a field. Only hours later, they announced that they had arrested Rivera and charged him with first-degree murder. He confessed to following Tibbetts and leading her to her body. They said that Rivera told them he was in a panic after Tibbet had warned him that she would call the police while he was pursuing her and said his memory was empty until he realized he was putting it in his suitcase had stuck. Then he dragged her to a field where he left her face and covered her with corn stalks, officials said. Rivera is currently being held in lieu of a $ 5 million bail.
Although law enforcement officials said Rivera was undocumented, a lawyer who told him at a hearing last week said he was legal in the country. But the farm representatives on which he worked said that the government photo ID and the social security card that Rivera gave them a few years ago were wrong.
Trump referred to Tibbetts' death on the day of her revelation that her body was found, and the White House continued to push the mood the next day, in the form of statements by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and a video of Trump demanding a border wall, saying that Tibbetts was "permanently separated from her family". Iowa Republican officials, such as Governor Kim Reynolds and both state senators, have also criticized the country's immigration laws.
Last week, Tibbet's aunt, Billie Jo Calderwood, issued a statement inviting people to remember that "the evil is coming in ANY color".
Rob Tibbetts asked the mourners to celebrate his daughter.
"Today we have to turn the page, we are at the end of a long ordeal," he said. "But we have to turn to life – Mollie's life – because Mollie's no one's victim Mollie is my hero."
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