Over a week after Tri-County Pregnancy and Parenting volunteer Sonia Hume died in a head-on car crash on Tryon Grove Road near Hebron, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department charged the driver of the second car, Luis E. Raminez, with murder and reckless homicide.
The Sheriff’s Department belatedly posed an August 5th press release, but I didn’t run it because I couldn’t copy and paste it. It was copy protected unless I captured it in an unsearchable format, such as the image you see below:
Apparently nothing worth talking about happened between August 5th and August 15th, because no press releases were posted between the two dates.
Today, I found an August 15th press release on the arrest of Luis E. Ramirez for murder and reckless homicide.
You see an image of it below, which can be enlarged by clicking on it.
The release says that “additional interviews” led to the charges.
“During the course of the investigation it was determined it was not an accident, it was an intentional act committed by Luis E. Ramirez,” the press release says. The release also says Ramirez did not know Sonia Hume.
Here’s what the law says about the crime of murder:
720 ILCS 5/ Criminal Code of 1961. (720 ILCS 5/Art. 9 heading)
ARTICLE 9. HOMICIDE
(720 ILCS 5/9‑1) (from Ch. 38, par. 9‑1)
Sec. 9‑1. First degree Murder ‑ Death penalties ‑ Exceptions ‑ Separate Hearings ‑ Proof ‑ Findings ‑ Appellate procedures ‑ Reversals.
(a) A person who kills an individual without lawful justification commits first degree murder if, in performing the acts which cause the death:
- he either intends to kill or do great bodily harm to that individual or another, or knows that such acts will cause death to that individual or another; or
- he knows that such acts create a strong probability of death or great bodily harm to that individual or another; or
- he is attempting or committing a forcible felony other than second degree murder.
This is going to be an interesting case to watch.
Title confusing, no I’ve been drinking, makes perfect sense.
Cal, why exactly does the person’s race matter here? You aren’t posting a description of a suspect, where physical appearance is important in finding the criminal.
why does the headline start with “Latino”, instead of just talking about the story?
seems odd, but clearly the man’s race mattered to you…was race a factor in this horrible crime in some way that isn’t written about in the story?
or does it just matter to you?
Dawn, Cal may, of course, speak for himself. Here’s why it matters to me. There is a very large number of Latinos living in McHenry County. Many are undocumented, do not have driver’s licenses and do not have vehicle insurance.
I insure my car, as required by the State, in case I hurt you or damage your vehicle. Unfortunately, I must also pay to insure you, if you don’t have insurance. It’s called Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage. If you hit me and don’t have insurance, then I have paid for MY insurance to pay me.
Remember the Latino Coalition of McHenry County? Its estimate was that 40% of the Hispanics in McHenry County are here illegally. That number was based on national figures, not on exact McHenry County residents. Forty percent, of course, is four out of ten. I suspect there is not another country on this planet that will tolerate a number like that.
Luis Ramirez-Arguelles is Latino, or Hispanic, or Mexican. Maybe there are a few sheriff’s deputies who will still put down White for him. The sheriff’s department hasn’t said yet whether he is an illegal alien or a documented alien who is at risk of deportation, because he was involved in a fatal crash.
Perhaps someone who knows him will inform readers what his immigration status is.
illegal is a separate issue and I most certainly do not support it. But mentioning the race of a criminal when it isn’t remotely relative rather says a lot about Cal’s feelings.
I can see that mentioning the race of the victim is relevant as part of her volunteer work involved translation. But I don’t recall Cal ever says “Caucasian arrested for murder”. I’ll ask again why the man’s race is relevant here unless it is relevant to Cal’s personal feelings.
I find this comment interesting. “I insure my car, as required by the State, in case I hurt you or damage your vehicle. Unfortunately, I must also pay to insure you, if you don’t have insurance. It’s called Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage. If you hit me and don’t have insurance, then I have paid for MY insurance to pay me.” Does that also apply to your opinion on healthcare? Just curious.
Gus certainly wouldn’t think it applied to Larry Snow, right?
Clearly Cal isn’t going to answer, it says a lot about him and the people he believe are his core audience for his little blog.
skinner…the name says it all
What does population have to do with this incident?
40% are illegal and there the ones putting food on your table because so many legal Americans won’t go out in the HOT Drenching sun or below 0 temp to pick your vegetables and fruits you purchase from the store.