Tuscon Minuteman Found Guilty of Murdering 9-Year-Old Mexican-American Girl
Shawnda Forde was found guilty of shooting nine-year-old Brisenia Flores twice in the head at close range, murdering her and her father in a 2009 attempted robbery. Today, a Tuscon jury will decide Forde's punishment, which could range from life in prison to the death penalty, reports the Arizona Star.
The tale of the Flores murder is one of the most terrifying examples of Arizona immigration paranoia and border-control hysteria gone awry. Late in the hours of May 30, 2009, Forde and three fellow Minutemen rang the doorbell of the Flores household, posing as law enforcement, and told Raul Junior Flores they were looking for fugitives. When Flores began to question their identity, Forde shot him and his wife, Gina Gonzalez. As Gonzalez lay on the floor, faking death, Forde then fired two bullets into their little daughter's head as she begged for her life. Gonzalez's other young daughter was spared, as she slept at her grandmother's house that night.
Forde had planed the robbery in order to fund Minutmen America Defense, her armed border militia group that she meant to 'round up' immigrants. She was also found guilty of attempted murder, two counts of assault, two counts of robbery and one count of burglary.