LatinaLista — The gruesome deaths of four (presumably) undocumented Mexican men in Sharonville, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati probably would not have garnered much media attention if they had been victims of a robbery.
But they weren’t.
Unfortunately, for these men, two of whom were brothers, they were the victims of a murder so heinous that it made the city’s coroner stand up and take notice.
All men, in addition to being beaten up, were stabbed repeatedly and methodically in the heart.
Yet, as horrible as that is, the lifestyle of these men is what is causing many in Cincinnati to do a double-take on who the undocumented are, why they come and just how far from the truth it is to say they are a drain on society.
The investigation of the murders of these four men is ongoing. The local police have never seen anything like this involving undocumented immigrants so they’ve called in ICE to help with the investigation.
It seems their boss, at a local construction company, got worried when one of the guys who was known to be punctual and reliable had missed work. The boss knew something was wrong and reported it to the police.
Little did he know that he would lead investigators onto a murder scene or into a situation that will now question his hiring practices and place his business under heightened scrutiny from immigration officials.
All he knew was that these four men, from the same village in Mexico, were good, dependable workers.
It doesn’t give the police a lot to work with except that it explains why robbery wasn’t the motive in the deaths â€” one of the men’s wallets had $1,300 still in it.
That’s not unusual given how the undocumented aren’t too motivated to open up bank accounts given the current political climate.
But just as that amount of money had officials catch their breath, it was the receipts of remittances they found that made them take a closer look at the lives of these men.
The officials found several remittance receipts. One was in the amount of $2,500.
Then they took a closer look at the men and the apartment itself.
“You have four individuals, going to work every day, living in an apartment with no furniture … and yet we found receipts from them sending thousands of dollars back to their families,” the Coroner said.
The men slept on mattresses and had no other furniture.
Lt. John Cook, Sharonville police spokesman, said, “People I have had contact with said these guys kept pretty much to themselves, went to work and came home. It was a simple lifestyle, no wild parties or anything like that.”
It is the same story for thousands of single Latino immigrants whose intention it is to work and send money home to families who are living in poverty.
For the time being, whoever killed these men is a mystery, but what has just become clearer in one Ohio town is a glaring testament to the fact that undocumented immigrants don’t come all the way into this country to rip off the United States.
As is too often the case, these immigrants end up getting ripped off themselves â€” and all too often the price they pay comes at great cost to them and their families.