Oct. 2 marked the second anniversary of my niece's untimely death. Untimely because she was a happy, vibrant and beautiful young woman who should not have left this Earth the way she did. Alicia Guerrero deserved to live to be a ripe old age, to marry her fiancé, Patrick, to have children, etc.
Charles Martin took all that away from her and from us. He is responsible for causing her premature death. He elected to use illegal substances and drive a vehicle without even considering the possibility of what might happen. The unspeakable happened and my beautiful niece is dead because of his irresponsible behavior.
Her father (my brother), her step-mom, her siblings, her nephew, her aunts and uncles, her cousins -- we all continue to mourn her passing. We had been waiting since Oct. 2, 2005, for Charles Martin to be convicted and sentenced.
On Aug. 28, Charles Martin received a sentence of only nine years.
Every time he looks in the mirror, he should pray for forgiveness. No one wins. Charles Martin will be going home someday, after he serves time. Alicia is in her final resting place -- Lakewood Cemetery.
BETTY GUERRERO SANTILLO