Grieving Family Wants to Get State Lawmakers Attention
YAKIMA, Wa - The Trevino-Mendoza family spoke with KNDO in an exclusive interview. They believe that two young men did not have to die in a crash with a man driving stolen car.
Edgar Trevino Mendoza died early Tuesday morning from injuries he suffered in the crash, which happened eight days earlier. His best friend - Guillermo Aguilar - also died. Their friend Juan Hernandez-Ortega is recovering from serious injuries.
"It's not always somebody they don't know. It could've been one of their loved ones," says Juan Mendoza, Edgar's uncle.
He wants state lawmakers to pay attention.
"They do these crimes and then they are right back out there," says Mendoza.
Edgar Trevino-Mendoza's family says changes need to be made to the sentencing guidelines for auto theft and eluding police. Yakima currently ranks tenth worst in the country for auto theft. It's also a big problem on the Westside.
"We need to really evaluate people when we're giving breaks to you know," says Mendoza.
The family feels so strongly about this issue that two days after Edgar's death. They took time away from grieving to address it. What makes them really angry, Blake young is a repeat offender. They feel unless the laws are changed, it's only going to happen again.
"To think that he had done this before," says Mendoza, "I don't know if he got a reduced sentence, but that doesn't sit well with me."
The Trevino-Mendoza family says they have received prayers and support from so many people in the community, and they wanted to publicly thank everyone.
The funeral service for Edgar Trevino-Mendoza is set for Saturday morning.