Exclusive: America’s Most Forgotten – Sheriff’s Deputy Shot Dead by Illegal Alien During Routine Traffic Stop
by CAROLYN COOKE, AMERICA’S MOST FORGOTTEN: THE VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIME
August 19, 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 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…
Wisconsin – Deputy Frank Fabiano, Jr.
A decorated Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot to death during a routine traffic stop by an illegal alien with four prior arrests in four different states.
Local law enforcement is “doing the job the federal government just won’t do” by being the first line of defense against illegal alien crime in America. Unfortunately, these brave officers are often the casualties of the violent, unidentified foreign nationals residing in American communities across the United States.
Most often local police are not allowed to question the immigration status of anyone charged with a misdemeanor and many times, more serious crimes that require detention in county jails. Most illegal alien offenders that kill Americans have been arrested at least once and often times have been incarcerated, with their immigration status never questioned. They are released back into American communities instead of being deported.
287(g) is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program that allows local police departments to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to apprehend and deport criminal aliens, regardless of the type of crime committed. Recently, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano adopted a policy forcing officials to release illegal aliens charged with misdemeanors. Former DHS guidelines required deportation of all individuals arrested and found to be illegal aliens under 287(g).
Because our federal government continues to undermine the rule of law by weakening interior enforcement mechanisms and continues to refuse to control our borders, this already intolerable loss of American lives will grow.
Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Fabiano’s life was sacrificed for open borders on the night of May 16, 2007. He was murdered in cold blood by Ezeiquel Lopez-Quintero, an illegal alien.
Deputy Fabiano pulled Lopez-Quintero over for a traffic violation. According to Fabiano’s backup, University of Wisconsin Police Officer Jimmie Spino, the deputy asked Lopez to get out of his 1995 Chevrolet Astro van three times. He then saw Deputy Fabiano put his left hand up in a “stop gesture” and placed his right hand on his gun. Spino saw a black semi-automatic gun through the window of the van and heard two shots. Officer Fabiano hit the ground, wounded. Spino fired his own weapon. Lopez-Quintero continued to fire his gun, hitting Fabiano three times. Lopez-Quintero then ran away on foot from the incident.
Officer Spino tried to help the fallen officer. He said, “I tried to comfort him. I was trying to give him a sense of hope that he was going to be OK.” Fabiano was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the head at St. Catherine’s Medical Center shortly after his arrival.
After a three hour manhunt, Lopez was found a mile from the murder in an apartment complex parking lot, still carrying the gun he used to kill Officer Fabiano. When his blood alcohol level was checked many hours later, it measured twice the legal limit. Lopez said he was angry at his wife for having an affair so he drank tequila, bought a gun from a gang member and purchased and used $200 worth of cocaine. Lopez also said he did not remember shooting anyone.
Deputy Frank Fabiano, Jr., 48 years old, was a decorated officer with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. During his 18-year tenure, he received a purple heart for being shot in the line of duty and a silver star for a difficult fire rescue. As a younger man, he served his county in the Marine Corps. He was the first officer killed in the line of duty in Kenosha County since 1991.
Frank Fabiano was a family man. He left behind Amy, his wife of 14 years, and their little daughter, Angelina, eight years old.
During a press conference, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth talked about how Frank and Amy “had more sunsets to watch, more slow dances in the kitchen and a table for two waiting at their favorite restaurant when his life was cut short.” Angelina and her father were planning to see the movie Shrek 3 when it opened, a date the Kenosha County Sheriff wanted to personally keep with “Lena,” the name her father called her.
Frank loved golf and worked nights so he could play during the day. He was looking forward to teaching his daughter and had recently purchased clubs for her.
A Mass was held for Deputy Fabiano. The 1,800-seat Carthage College’s Siebert Chapel in Kenosha was filled to overflowing as family, friends, colleagues, officers from across Wisconsin and the United States came together to mourn the passing of a good man. Angelina sobbed as she stood with her mother waiting for her father’s casket to be brought into the Chapel.
“Dear Daddy, I love you. You’re a good daddy. I will always love you.” Those were the words of good-bye from Lena, read at the Mass for her father.
As the funeral procession, several miles in length, made its way to the Sunset Ridge Memorial Park Cemetery, thousands of people lined the streets. Some held signs expressing their sadness at the loss of a valued member of their community. Many stood in silence, heads bowed.
Ezequiel Lopez-Quintero was convicted of intentional homicide by a jury. The sentence carries a mandatory life sentence.
Amy Fabiano thanked God for the verdict, now the grieving widow could tell Lena, “that bad man won’t hurt anybody else.”
Unfortunately, Lopez-Quintero’s attorney plans to seek a new trial or to appeal the conviction. He thought the jury was prejudiced against his client because of “the crying wife in the front row.” He also believed his client was too drunk to know what he was doing.
Ezequiel Lopez-Quintero had four prior arrests in four different states but ICE had never heard of him until the preventable death of a police officer. He carried multiple Social Security and identification cards. In 2001, he was arrested for lewd and lascivious conduct in Utah. In 2003, he was arrested in Texas on a gun charge and in Missouri, that same year, for DWI. Lopez-Quintero was arrested by Kenosha police in 2004 on charges of domestic battery, disorderly conduct and bail jumping. Not once did police officials question his immigration status, much less turn him over to ICE for deportation.
In remembrance of their fallen colleague, the Kenosha County Sheriff Department squad cars all carry a decal with Officer Frank Fabiano’s name. Sheriff Beth does not want the community to forget the dedicated officer. Deputy Fabiano is still on roll call and the fellow deputies who mourn the loss of Fabiano honor him almost every night when they meet for briefings before their shifts.
Another American hero is dead at the hands of an illegal alien and your government does not care.
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.
Click here for the United States House of Representatives contact information. FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Carolyn Cooke is an American citizen activist committed to the preservation of a sovereign United States.