Exclusive: America’s Most Forgotten: The Victims of Illegal Alien Crime – Carl Epley & Amanda Thomas

Editor’s note: This is the next in a continuing series about the forgotten victims of illegal alien crime – weekly stories you do not see in the mainstream media.
America’s Most Forgotten is dedicated to the all of the innocent people and their families who have been victimized by illegal aliens as a result of the refusal of our elected officials to enforce United States immigration law and to secure our borders. Americans remain unprotected from this unwanted invasion of unidentified people from across the world. No region of the country has been spared and the citizens presented come from all walks of life. Crisscrossing the nation, we have a star athlete from a predominantly African-American neighborhood in LA, then we skip to an affluent, successful actress in New York City and then to a rural Mississippi family hoping to escape big city crime and then to a Native American in small town Idaho. And on, and on, and on...
Carl Epley and Amanda Thomas – Missouri
An illegal alien has been charged in the barbaric stabbing death of two residents of Hannibal, Missouri, the birthplace of Mark Twain.
Hannibal, Missouri is the birthplace of Mark Twain (1835-1910), the American author who chronicled and commented on the times of the era in which he lived. Most notably, he authored two classic American novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Hannibal is the essence of “small town U.S.A.,” has a population of 17,000 and is located on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Death at the hands of illegal aliens does not spare America’s heartland.
The residents of this small American community were shaken by the slaying of two young adults on February 28, 2009. Manuel G. Cazares, an illegal alien from Mexico, confessed to the murders. He was charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action in the double homicide. Cazares said jealousy was his motivation.
The bodies of 27-year-old Amanda R. Thomas and 25-year-old Carl Patrick Epley were found Saturday morning in Amanda’s apartment. A large kitchen knife was discovered in a wastebasket. Patrick was viciously stabbed seven times before Cazares unleashed his anger on Amanda, slicing her arms twice with the knife before delivering the fatal blow to her chest. There was no evidence of forced entry. A blood stained Cazeras turned himself into police hours afterward. He had been driving around in Amanda’s car and using her cell phone.
Amanda Thomas left behind two children, 7-year-old Skylie, and 1-year-old Taybryn, a child she had with Cazares. Cazares showed no compassion for his own son when he took the life of Taybryn’s mother. The two children were staying with relatives on the morning of the murder.
Members of Amanda’s family said she was a wonderful mother and wanted nothing more than a great life for her children. Neighbors remember Amanda playing with her kids in the front yard and describe the children as the “center of her life.” Family spoke of Amanda’s caring nature, exemplified by her desire to become a registered nurse. She was taking classes at John Wood Community College.
At Amanda’s funeral, Reverend Steve Goughnour said he was reminded of the words on a plaque, “live, love, laugh,” when he thought of her. He told mourners, “Amanda would want you to remember her and remember her laugh,"Both of her children attended the service for their mother.
Patrick Epley was friends with Amanda in school, but they had not seen each other in over a year when they met unexpectedly at a tavern in Hannibal. He worked as a chef after being laid off from Bowling Green Manufacturing. Patrick left behind a 3-year-old son, Logan.
Tyson Hubbard, Patrick’s brother, said the meeting with Amanda was a “chance encounter” and he believes Epley was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Tyson had declined to go out with Patrick that night. He very much regrets that decision.
“His main concern was his son,” Hubbard said. Patrick had a “deep love of family and his friends meant the world together.” The two hunted and fished together regularly.
Patrick was a math “whiz” – he placed 88th out of 300 in a state competition. He was also a sports fanatic.
The citizens of Hannibal are justifiably outraged by the murders, committed by illegal alien with no right to be in the United States. His immigration status was never questioned, despite several encounters with local law enforcement.
Jolene Schaubroeck, mother of Amanda Thomas, said her daughter was “scared to death” of Cazares. She stated, “He said he was going to kill her.” She had spoken on numerous occasions with public officials, pleading for help.
While police attempted to portray the homicide as simply the result of domestic violence, they cannot avoid the issue of never questioning Cazares’ immigration status, especially after it was brought to their attention by Amanda’s father. They had had plenty of opportunity.
Cazares had several prior arrests on traffic charges and a property damage conviction for “tearing up her [Thomas’] home.” He was arrested for striking Amanda with his fists. She had taken out three restraining orders against Cazaras and he was arrested again February 4, 2009 for allegedly violating the last restraining order. Before the court date, Amanda was murdered.
If the Hannibal police had requested the assistance of ICE during the many detainments of Cazares, the lives of two young people could have been spared. Instead they waited until the worst possible thing happened.
The New York Times did an exposé on Amanda’s story but not once did they mention Cazares’ illegal presence in America. Not once did they admit that the double murder was preventable.
Cazares is being held on bond of a million dollars. The venue of his trial has been moved to St. Charles County, Missouri. The attorneys for Cazares cited extensive local media coverage for the relocation of the trial.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Carolyn Cooke is an American citizen activist committed to the preservation of a sovereign United States.

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