by Emmett Smith
ON November 5, 2006, home-invasionist burglars Ralphel Resindez, 23, and Enrico Garza, 26, probably believed they would easily overpower home-alone 11-year-old Patricia Harrington of Butte, Montana, after her father had left their two-story home.
It seems the two foreign-born unfortunates never understood very well two specific things in their ongoing illegal-immigrant careers as professional thieves in America: they were now in Montana and Patricia had been a clay-shooting champion since she was nine.
Patricia was in her upstairs bedroom when the two men broke in through the front door of the house. She quickly ran to her father’s room and grabbed his 12 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun.
Resindez was the first to get up to the second floor only to be the first to catch a nearly point-blank blast of buckshot from the 11-year-old’s knee-crouched aim.
He suffered fatal wounds to his abdomen and groin.
When Garza ran to the foot of the stairs, he took a blast to the left shoulder and staggered out into the street where he bled to death
before medical help could arrive.
It was found out later that Resindez was armed with a stolen .45 caliber handgun he took in another home-invasion robbery. That victim, 50-year-old David Burien, was not so lucky. He died from stab wounds to the chest….
“Death is in the details,” as they say (or should anyway!), and altogether it reminds one of James Thurber’s (1930s!) retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which the little girl hauls out her cannon from her picnic basket and shoots to death the Big Bad Wolf lurking in Grandma’s bed, and blows him to Hell.
Little girls at least in Montana aren’t as easy to get over on these days!
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 22 January 2008]