Exclusive: America's Most Forgotten: The Victims of Illegal Alien Crime – Tai Lam

by CAROLYN COOKE, AMERICA’S MOST FORGOTTEN: THE VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIME August 5, 2009
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 predominantly African-American neighborhood in LA, then we skip to an affluent, successful woman 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. And on, and on, and on…
Maryland – Tai Lam
 
An illegal alien MS-13 gangbanger is charged with the murder of a 14-year-old honor student after randomly firing a gun into a crowded county bus.
 
Pro-amnesty and open borders politicians never speak of the violence perpetrated by illegal aliens against American citizens. They never show compassion for the American victim or concern for the collateral damage done to family, friends, witnesses of the crime and whole communities, especially when the victim is a young person. They show no respect for the human rights of Americans.
 
While American families are permanently separated by the deaths of loved ones, the amnesty-for-one-and-all crowd spouts boundless concern for the families of illegal aliens separated by deportation. They speak of the illegal crossing of our borders as a “victimless” crime, as if the lives of American citizens are expendable.
 
Advocates in the United States government and in radical ethnocentric groups demand any and every path to citizenship for the undeserving populations from other countries that are colonizing within our borders. Yet, they all refuse to acknowledge the terrible dark side of the problem. Meanwhile, Americans continue to be victimized, their human rights violated…
 
The following story is sadly representative of devastation the preventable murder of a young American brings to family, friends, schools and communities.
Tai Lam was a popular freshman at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Tai was living the American dream and enjoying his life, surrounded by friends and family. He was an honor student and a wrestler at Blair.  
On the night of November 1, 2008, Tai and twelve of his friends were riding on a county Ride On bus, returning home from an outing. Tai Lam and two of his friends were sitting at the back of the bus. As a group of passengers exited the bus, a man held the rear door open so another could fire a gun into the crowded bus. Tai Lam was killed and two other boys, ages 14 and 15, were wounded. Another friend said she was saved by one of the victims when he pushed her to the ground as the gun was drawn.
Cao Lam was on the bus with his brother, Tai. The shooter and his group were taunting other passengers before they exited but there were no angry exchanges between Tai, his friends and the agitators. “It was like he [the gunman] was ready to shoot anybody,” Cao said.
Other witnesses also reported the murderous rampage was unprovoked. One of Tai’s friends talked to reporters from local News Channel 8. The witness said, “We didn’t want to fight them…They started arguing with us, and then that’s when they got off the bus, opened the back door and started shooting.”
The bullet hit Tai in the chest. Cao described Tai’s final moments, “I was holding him and he was – I could see him, like fading. I saw the color leave his face…his lips turned white.”


“My little baby, he’s never coming back to me,” Ngoc Lam, Tai’s grief-stricken mother said.  She spoke to reporters at the Gazette.net about the loss of her young son. Ngoc said Tai “made it a point to tell how her beautiful she looked everyday and was good at lifting anyone’s spirit”.
Cao does not want to get rid of Tai belongings. His friends come and sleep over to comfort him. “He [Cao] lost everything”, Ngoc said in the interview. Ngoc worries about the safety of her 16-year-old son and his friends since the shooting. Ngoc said she is afraid and wants to move her family from Silver Spring.
Two hundred friends attended a candlelight vigil to mourn the death of this innocent boy. A makeshift memorial of photographs, posters, flowers and candles for Tai was made around a lamp post near the bus stop where Tai was killed. The crowd bowed their heads in silence as Ngoc Lam wept and held her remaining son in front of the remembrance.
Charles Young, a friend of Tai’s described him “as a young man who everybody loved.” “Everybody had respect for him,” he said.
Tai wanted to be part of the homecoming court at his high school. Less than a week after his death, he was crowned “Homecoming Lord.”
Montgomery Blair High plans a permanent memorial in honor of Tai on the school campus. Students raised $5,000 dollars to pay for their friend’s funeral and to set up a scholarship fund in his name. The Victim’s Rights Foundation offered a $5,000 dollar reward for any information about the murder.
Hector M. Hernandez, a member of the violent, international Mara Salvatrucho, or MS-13, gang was charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Tai Lam. He is an illegal alien from El Salvador. Hernandez, 20 years old, was arrested one month prior to Tai’s murder on a weapons charge for carrying a switch-blade knife. He was released on his own recognizance. Due to the sanctuary policies of Montgomery County at the time of Tai’s murder, Hernandez’ immigration status was never questioned.
Speaking of the arrest of the illegal alien who murdered her brother, Quy Lam said, “Even though he’s captured and everything, it doesn’t ease my heart or my family’s because it doesn’t bring him back.”
Two more MS-13 gang members were arrested for Tai’s murder in Houston, Texas, where they fled after the shootings. Gilmar Romero was charged with first degree murder and Mario Milan-Canales was charged with accessory after the fact for first-degree murder. It is unclear if more will be charged.
Vicious and fearless, MS-13 gangs are operating in many American cities. Its members enter our country at will through open borders.
Montgomery County, Maryland, in no longer totally a sanctuary city due in part to the outrage over Tai’s death. Anyone arrested for a violent crime or handgun possession is reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
 
Americans should not have to live in fear in their own neighborhoods.
Enforcement legislation, passed by a few states, has led illegal aliens to leave because the magnets of jobs and taxpayer benefits have been removed. This is a dirty little secret that elected officials in Washington on both sides of the aisle do not want you to know.
Are you concerned about this epidemic of death at the hands of illegal aliens? Tell your elected officials what you think.
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FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Carolyn Cooke is an American citizen activist committed to the preservation of a sovereign United States.
 
 

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