As parents, we have all been there before, where your teenage daughter is turning tricks and you feel like you have to kill her pimp to get her out of the ‘life’.
Wait a minute…no…no…NO! But alas, yes. Yes, this actually transpired in San Francisco, CA. Barry Gilton and Lupe Mercado are accused of shooting and killing their daughter’s pimp, Calvin Sneed. Gilton and Mercado had tried everything to get their 17 year old daughter back, but to no avail. So they are accused of vigilante justice.
Apparently, Gilton had tracked down Sneed a time before in North Hollywood and shot him then as well, but only wounding him. Sneed at the time, did what gang members do, and did not cooperate with the police. He instead went up to San Francisco weeks later to reclaim his prostitute, Gilton’s daughter. This time Gilton aimed a little better then before and took Sneed’s wife.
A couple of things, how sad is it that the daughter fell into prostitution in the first place? What lead to that decision? Secondly, no matter how horrific it is for parents to endure, you can’t react with vigilantism. It sets a horrible precedent. If this is allowed to happen then other people will act instinctively and act in kind. I equivocate it to the dim-witted “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida. How many people will Stand their ground now under the guise of that law?
At any rate, I feel for the family, I can only imagine how devastating it must be.
Check a series of the storiesas they transpire at the SF Examiner.