HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Nineteen-year-old Edgardo Ligas is one of three gang members who admitted to shooting 19-year-old Rikko Valencia to death in November of 2014.
“He was the driver because the shooter and the other one did not have a vehicle so if it was not for the driver my son would still be here,” Rikko’s mother Penny Valencia said.
Like his co-defendants, Ligas entered a guilty plea.
A court hearing was held to determine his sentence.
“His mom and his father got on the stand and with a translator they testified that they are illegal aliens and that they’ve been here for 21 years,” Valencia said.
Valencia says she wanted the DA’s office to share that testimony with immigration officials.
“Because the father helped cover up the crime,” Valencia said.
She said the father testified to hiding his son’s truck which was used in the murder.
“I don’t want these people here because they’re willing to cover up a murder of an amazing kid what else are they capable of doing,” said Valencia.
The DA’s office told Valencia and us there’s good reason they don’t turn people in to immigration officials.
A spokesperson for the DA’s office says they want people to come to court and testify without fear of their immigration status and Houston is a sanctuary city.
That is little consolation for a mother who sleeps near a small wooden box that contains her son’s ashes.
“It breaks my heart and unfortunately people deal with it differently,” Valencia said. “But it’s killing me.”