YUMA, Ariz. – A woman was killed and three people were injured in what deputies said was a home invasion in the 3800 block of East County 18 1/2 Street early Thursday morning.
Yuma County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies responded to reports of a home invasion at the 3800 block of East County 18th 1/2 Street at about 1:38 a.m. Upon arrival, deputies discovered that the home occupants were woken up by noises outside their home and unknown individuals were trying to enter the home. The individuals entered the home and during the home invasion, one of the home’s occupants fired several rounds, hitting all four of the individuals.
Home Invasions are scary, but even more so if you get to live where you cannot defend yourself. I bring this case with a happy ending because I recently heard of two cases in two countries and I want to share them with you.
My mom has a set of regular calls she makes to family in two hemispheres (Thank God for VoIP) and one of them is a cousin that lives in Argentina. she called her I think on the 26th for the usual Holiday cheers and as good old ladies, they ended up talking about everything. One of the things was a Home Invasion that happened next door to mom’s cousin and there were people injured. The poor woman apparently heard the commotion as it happened and was still terrified like only a defenseless octogenarian could be.
On January second, mom called the daughter of a dear friend and neighbor from Venezuela who has been living with her family in Spain for years now. They were the recipient of a home invasion right before Christmas by some whacked out junkie probably looking for some loot to pawn. Nobody got hurt as the asshole ran away when confronted, but there was property damage and the kids were scared shitless and traumatized.
It is with this story that I got a chuckle from mom. The sweet little lady made the following comment to the young woman in Spain:
“You know? Here they break in and we get to shoot the hijos de puta.”
My mom, the woman who taught me for many years that violence does not solve anything (Won’t blame her, that was the culture we all grew up in) went all “Get Off My Lawn” in her old age. It has been quite a change in lifestyle for her. Before she lived behind 10 foot walls and spikes topped with razor wire, steel doors and barred windows. Now her only separation at night from the outside is the pane of glass of her window.
And she sleeps rather well for her age.