MAY 10, 1990
Outside her family's Bakersfield apartment, 4-year-old Jessica Martinez played. Fate would serve a cruel blow, as the worst kind of evil 'lay in wait.' A serial pedophile would kidnap this
Child of God. For the Nellie Martinez family, the loss of sweet Jessica — a NIGHTMARE
that never ends. Only one question remains - SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE, knows SOMETHING.
Who will STAND UP and be COUNTED ?
"Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter."
— Earnest Hemmingway
"Murder is the ultimate act of depersonalization . . . It transforms a living person with hopes, dreams, and fears into a corpse, thereby taking away all that is special and unique about the person.”
— Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
In Bakersfield, CA, law enforcement personnel has all but forgotten that Jessica was a unique and special child with "hopes, dreams, and fears."
At the hands of a vicious serial pedophile, Jessica was led away and brutally murdered.
No one will ever know the life Jessica might have led . . . MIGHT HAVE LED ! Cruelly, her childhood was robbed from her as well.
Jessica will never experience the celebration of her Quinceañera, (fiesta de quince años), marking the transition from childhood to young womanhood.
Jessica's Tree of Life shall never flourish and grow. The lighting of 15 candles, sharing
of special memories, serve as a bitter reminder of a cherished life lost.
Jessica will never dress up and attend her high school prom . . .
There's no wedding day . . .
She will never know the joys of parenthood . . .
Over 23 years has elapsed, and the KILLER responsible for the horrific MURDER of 4-year-old Jessica Martinez continues to elude justice. When will this DESTROYER of CHILDREN be stopped ?
Some wounds never heal — grieving families endure a living hell, and that's a tragedy.
There’s nothing anyone can do to ease the pain and suffering of Jessica’s mother, Nellie Martinez, and that's a tragedy.
There’s nothing anyone can do to ease the pain of Jessica’s big brother, Rudy. Serving multiple military tours in Iraq, Rudy carried the burden of Jessica's unsolved murder, and that's a tragedy.
There’s nothing anyone can do to ease the pain of Jessica's younger brother, Ramiro, growing up with the haunted story of his murdered sister, a love one he never knew, and that's a tragedy.
There's nothing anyone can do to ease the pain of the Martinez family as a whole, their friends, untold number of supporters, and that's a tragedy.
There's never going to be another PERSON like JESSICA - and that's the greatest TRAGEDY of all.
VANISHED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT
"The loss of any child is tragic enough — but murder?
"How does a mother or father find the strength to hold it together?
"Men like John Walsh and Marc Klaas, modern-day American Heroes, turning “Scars into Stars.” Surviving heart wrenching experiences, they would not stand defeated. In defense of children everywhere, by their noble example, exemplifies the kind of leadership this
country longs for and desperately needs.
"Dedicated to missing and murdered children, people of faith understand the power of prayer. Indeed, a moment of reflection and supplication for the many families whose son or daughter never made it home."
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Communities, great and small, the moral compass of any elected or appointed official isn’t difficult to measure or evaluate. When righting terrible wrongs, the greatest at risk are always the young and defenseless. No higher calling exists than standing up in defense of a CHILD.
— Mark A. Bingaman
Author of Vanished In Broad Daylight
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