Shawna Forde, a rogue ex-minuteman border activist from Everett, Washington was convicted Monday of first degree murder for the double homicide of a suspected Mexican drug dealer, Raul Flores and his 9-year old daughter, Brisenia Flores in a home invasion that went terribly wrong.
The murders took place in May 2009 in the small border town of Arivaca, Arizona. The jury learned Forde had formed a criminal gang a few weeks earlier made up of several other criminals, radicals and local drug dealers to plan and execute a series of robberies of known-drug traffickers on the U.S. side of the border.
Gina Gonzales, the murder victim’s wife and mother gave the court her victim impact statement on Tuesday. She detailed for the court how she remembered that fateful day.
Gonzales described what she heard while she was on her living room floor. She explained that her husband was immediately shot as he answered the door and that she could hear her daughter answering questions about the rest of the family. The perpetrators told the little girl she would be okay. They lied.
Moments later 9-year-old, Brisenia, was shot at close range. “I miss my husband, I miss my daughter, I miss my family, I miss my life…and that’s all because of a choice she (Forde) made,” Gonzales said in court.
The jury ruled on Tuesday that Forde is eligible for the death penalty.
While illegal alien activists were quick to condemn the entire Minuteman border- watch movement because Forde was briefly a Minuteman member five years ago, the facts illustrate the real Minuteman and border security groups throughout the U.S. have a 6-year record of peaceful and law-abiding activism, including rescues and administering first aid to injured and distressed illegal aliens near the border.
In fact, the now-defunct national group Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) based in Arizona, expelled Forde from their group in 2007 after she was caught misrepresenting herself as a leader in the group and partaking in other questionable activities.
In a statement released on Monday after the guilty verdict, former MCDC media relations director Dave Bertrand confirmed that “Forde’s membership in MCDC was revoked in February 2007 and that she was warned to stay away from all MCDC border operations.”
Once Forde was kicked out of MCDC, the other mainstream border security groups refused to work with her and even warned other activists about her increasing erratic behavior and radical public statements.
Despite her tiny following, Forde continued to camp near the Arizona border where she posted constant Internet updates about the “invasion” of Mexican drug smugglers and her alleged run-ins with them.
Chelene Nightingale, coordinator for the SoCal Patriot Coalition and former California gubernatorial candidate, also tracked Forde before the murders and warned her members to stay clear of Forde. “The American Patriot and secure borders movement has always and will always strongly police their own groups to weed out any radicals, criminals, and mentally unstable individuals who try to join or infiltrate law-abiding political activist groups. Our message to Washington nearly six years ago when this movement started was simple, the American people just want our dangerous southern border with Mexico secured and our laws enforced equally,” Nighingale said.
From bad to worse….
Forde’s shenanigans finally caught up with her in December 2008, when someone tried to kill her estranged husband, in Everett, WA after she returned from a border operation. He was shot several times at close range in his home by unknown assassins, but miraculously survived.
Forde claimed she had nothing to do with the assault; however their divorce was only a few weeks away from being finalized. She even posted on her website that Mexican drug cartels were responsible for the attempted hit.
However, Forde was never interviewed by the Everett Police, despite several requests made by the department. She eventually left town without being questioned about the attempted murder of her husband. According to reporter Scott North at the Everett Herald, who has been following Forde’s activities for years, “Court papers showed that Shawna Forde has from the outset been suspected of somehow being involved in her (husbands’) attack.”
Immediately after her husband had been shot, Forde claimed that MS-13 gang members were targeting her family and behind the attempted murder of her husband. However, many border advocates were suspicious of her claims which prompted Forde to then claim a week later that MS-13 gang members had broken into her home, beaten, raped and sodomized her.
Shortly after she spoke about the MS-13 gang attack, Forde posted numerous pictures of herself on her website. Many were semi-nude showing dark bruises and possible scrapes on various parts of her body.
However, Everett Police were unable find any evidence of her claims and determined that she had most likely made up the whole story.
Once news broke about the attempted murder of Forde’s husband and the alleged attack on Forde, several prominent Minuteman leaders began to suspect Forde was in serious trouble in Everett, WA.
Founder of the San Diego Minutemen, Jeff Schwilk, suspected Forde’s story was unraveling quickly and said she was trying to garner sympathy by making-up attacks by Mexican gang members.
In early 2009, Forde also claimed she was shot in a dark alley. However, according to the Everett Police Department there was never any evidence to back-up her claim. Then, in mid-January 2009, two weeks after she claimed she was raped, Forde was shot in her arm in a dark alley and claimed unknown assailants drove up and shot her. Again Everett Police found no evidence of an attack and believe Forde may have staged the shooting.
Schwilk said, “After that third alleged violent incident most leaders in the border security movement concluded Forde was staging these alleged attacks in an effort to convince people that the Mexican drug cartels were now targeting border activists.” Forde used these incidents to recruit border watchers for her planned border mission in Arizona in the spring.
It would be April 2009 when Forde would migrate back to southern Arizona and resume her “border operations.”
Forde was forced to recruit for her new crew using her Internet network of criminals and known drug-trade peddlers. Under Forde’s direction, her newly-formed group began plotting home invasions to fund their future border operations.
Raul Flores, the murder victim, was believed to be Forde’s first foray into the robbery business, but it turned deadly and ultimately led to her downfall. Forde and her two accomplices were arrested within two weeks of the murders. Jason Bush and Albert Gaxiola are expected to begin their murder trials in March and June respectively. Neither of these men had any Minuteman involvement.
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In a series of newscasts, ABC’s San Diego station takes aim at a local Minutemen group inferring they are dangerous and hateful. The repeated stories offer no proof or legal cases that substantiate their claim.
The recent segments only offer conjecture and speculation regarding the San Diego Minutemen who just won a large settlement from CalTrans in a discrimination lawsuit over the adopt-a-highway program.
Instead of covering the resolution of this national Constitutional case, Channel 10 News quoted two local illegal immigrant activists and used their old, baseless allegations.
In an “I-Team Investigation” on supposed hate groups located in San Diego which ran the evening of Aug 14. Channel 10 News claimed to have evidence of increased hate crimes and hate groups in San Diego County. They showed a black man whose van was allegedly graffitied by a white teenager. No other evidence is given of any “hate crimes.”
The continued bias comes from Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) attorney James McElroy. In the August 14th TV report McElroy says, “In my opinion Jeff Schwilk is a dangerous fellow and any group he is associated with should be considered a hate group.”
“Such blatant media smear campaigns on political activists are seen in third-world dictatorships and their state-run media, but we’ve never seen anything quite this bad on an American newscast,” says Jeff Schwilk, who has guided the SDMM to many successes fighting illegal immigration in San Diego in the past four years.
“The radical alien activists have a long history of smearing American activists, but we’ve never been called ‘dangerous’ or accused of being associated with white supremacists before,” Schwilk explains. “That is a new low for local media. It appears the pro-Mexico agents are getting desperate.”
Schwilk has good reason to be angry at Channel 10’s smear campaign. He served honorably in the Marine Corps for 21 years and is also part Hispanic.
“My great-grandparents emigrated legally from Spain. They came to America, learned the language and respected their new country – something today’s illegal aliens seem unwilling to do.”
In the past four years, Schwilk along with the group’s hundreds of SDMM members have had no incidents with law enforcement. However, there have been 28 attacks on them via their website by pro-alien forces.
Legal immigrant from Mexico and member of the San Diego Minutemen, Francisca Galvan says she has never heard Schwilk speak vulgarly toward anyone. “He has been nothing but great. He is just doing what any citizen does to protect their country from corruption.”
When the topic steers to local Mexican activist Enrique Morones, Galvan says “without a doubt he works for the Mexican government as part of an active cell in San Diego. The only racial slurs I’ve heard come from Morones and El Grupo when they are calling me a traitor to my former country.”
Not to worry, Galvan refuses to back down and continues to fight for the country she now calls home – America.
The problem secure border activists have with the continued defamation reports on ABC is that La Raza organizations continue to post these propaganda stories across the internet trying to smear and discredit the Minutemen with even bigger lies.
When the producer of the ABC TV segments, J.W. August was contacted via email regarding the dubious reports he claimed, “I normally don’t reveal details about the broadcasts.”
August also told another critic in a separate email, “We don’t provide equal time in regards to a story that our news department has produced.” The recent segments made that point clear.
Several attempts to reach McElroy proved fruitless and he apparently does not want to comment on his reckless statements about Schwilk and the SDMM.
The SPLC has a long history of attacking pro-American Patriot activist groups and trying to tie them to hate and supremacist groups.
Another staffer of the SPLC, Mark Potok, contends, “Patriot groups will result in a terrorist attack like Waco or Oklahoma City.”
Again the left-wing organization has no proof to back up these wild accusations and Secretary of Department of Homeland Security denounced the recent Right-Wing Extremist report that was published earlier this year.
In another unrelated ABC incident, the broadcasting company had no problem airing an hour-long infomercial on President Barrack Obama’s health care bill, but would not allow any opposition groups to air commercials during the broadcast.
To link to the San Diego Minutemen site;www.SanDiegoMinutemen.com
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