HELP US KEEP A MURDERER IN JAIL!!
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On March 19, 1994, Marc Del Pilar was out enjoying the evening with his friend at a neighborhood pool hall. Unfortunately, known Latin King Gang Member Edwin Cortez, who was out of jail on work release for a previous conviction, was at the same establishment and proceeded to provoke an argument with Marc and his friend. After the argument, Cortez left the pool hall. Later, when Marc and his friend were saying their goodbyes on the corner outside, Cortez returned with a gun in hand and began shooting at the two of them.
Marc’s life that evening was viciously and uncaringly taken from this earth, and his friend wounded. Edwin Cortez was responsible for these actions. His actions on that horrific evening were specific, evil, selfish and unforgivable.
Marc was a 24 year old loving father who left behind 2 young children ages 2 ½ and 4 ½. Cortez deprived Marc’s children of their father’s chance of raising and loving them. The lives of our family were changed forever on that evening and will NEVER be the same.
Cortez was arrested a few days later. He accepted a plea bargain of 20 years to life and admitted that before that evening he never knew Marc and that he had left the pool hall and returned with a gun with the sole intention of killing Marc because of the argument earlier that evening. In front of the Judge, Cortez showed no remorse or sorrow for this senseless killing and his only remark to our family was, “THINGS HAPPEN”.
Please help Marc’s children, family and friends show Cortez that “THINGS DO HAPPEN” and deny his parole so no other innocent family has to suffer the loss of someone they love.
At Cortez’s sentencing, the Judge recommended that he spend the rest of his life in prison.
Cortez is scheduled to appear before the parole board in September of 2018. We are asking you to sign this petition so that the parole board denies Edwin Cortez his freedom. Thus insuring he will not be able to commit further crimes, and protecting other innocent victims on whom he would prey.
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