By LeaAnne Klentzman
The friends and family of the victims of the Stafford Ice House shooting(s) held a protest for justice last week in front of two of the Fort Bend County courthouses.
As drivers traveled in front of the old courthouse and the newer Travis building on US 90A through Richmond, the street was lined with protesters wearing bright green shirts and waving signs begging for justice. The justice they are seeking is that all parties involved in the slaughter of patrons at the Stafford Ice House in mid December of 2010 be charged with the crime.
Early on a December morning in 2010, Jessica Mejorado and her family celebrated her husband’s 50th birthday at BB Wolf’s. After the celebration, part of the celebrants stopped by the Stafford Ice House to visit with relatives. Unbeknownst to them, earlier in the evening a fight had erupted between some patrons. One of the men involved left, and shortly after the Mejorado group arrived, that man reportedly returned with family members, and shots rang out. During that shooting spree, Oscar Mejorado, Jr., and Frankie Pena were killed. Jacob Mejorado, Juan Cruz, Alex Elias Cruz and John Montoya were all injured by varying degrees. One was shot in the face and two others were still visibly recovering from their injuries while attending the protest for justice.
The protest was put together by Jessica Mejorado, mother of Oscar and Jacob Mejorado. She said she was outraged and moved into action when she learned that charges against at least one of the parties involved in the shooting(s) have been dropped.
According to Ms. Mejorado, the charges against Michael Marin, 19, of Stafford have been dropped. County records indicated that charges against him have been dismissed. She said he was the one who was involved in the altercation before her family ever arrived at the Stafford Ice House. Mejorado went on to explain that although Joe and Tony Marin remain in jail today on charges of aggravated assault, those charges will most likely be dismissed as well. She said District Attorney John Healey has told her he does not believe he can prove they “knew” their cousin Francisco Marin intended to shoot anyone.
According to county records, Francisco Louis Marin has been charged with capital murder of multiple persons. He has three previous assault cases and one prior possession charge according to those same county records. Michael Marin shows no prior arrests in Fort Bend County. Tony Marin has an arrest for possession that, according to county records, remains open in County Court at Law 4, and Joe Marin has a past case of evading in 2005.
Ms. Mejorado said she will fight for justice for her son and his friend until she draws her last breath. “Like the signs read, for now, we are just asking the District Attorney to let a Grand Jury decide if charges should be filed, don’t just turn them loose, back into our community,” said Jessica Mejorado.
More activism and protests are scheduled.