Yes I will speak up NOW

Yesterday I attended a #YesAllWomen Live rally in downtown Seattle at West Lake Center.   I felt the need to attend because there is one violent event from my past that I was there for.  In 1988 my best friend cousin Katina Chavez was 15 years old and found strangled to death in the river near her home.  To this day the murder has gone unsolved.  This was an act of violence of the highest magnitude because it meant death.  Her life ended and this is how.

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Crime stopper report from 1988

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1972 – 1988

This was her and I in the back row.

This was her and I in the back row.

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This picture will forever haunt me now.  She was found murdered in the river behind us.  This pic was taken when we were about 4 or 5.

This picture will forever haunt me now. She was found murdered in the river behind us. This pic was taken when we were about 4 or 5. Katina was the girl in red. I’m the one with the light blue shirt.

I did not get up and tell this story because I was nervous and was wanting to observe what others had to say.  Every single person who spoke was speaking from the heart and core.  It was emotional and having to scream at the top of your lungs was a release….I mean how often do you just get to scream really loud??  Let it out!

These are a few quotes I captured from the rally.

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“The way this society treats women is that of a lower class”

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“It’s difficult when our story falls on def & denial ears”

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“I’m sick of being paranoid when I go on a walk” “I’m sick of having feelings reduced to a PMS symptom” “I’m sick of being harassed and called a cunt if I say leave me alone” “we all deserve to be respected” “I just want equality”

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“One out four women will be raped or harassed in college” “if you can’t imagine sex without porn then you’re fucked” “women are not objects nor the breeders of children” “we are more than objects”

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“Stop being a silent bystander”

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“I was sexually harassed and the first question I was asked was…what were you wearing?”

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“Call people out when they keep people down …we will not tolerate it!!!”

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“Prevention and awareness us what we need.”

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Finally to those who laughed and mocked at the people opening up to complete strangers I suggest you walk a mile in some else shoes before you start thumping your chest and acting like a complete disrespectful jackass.

 

9 thoughts on “Yes I will speak up NOW

  1. BRAVA!!!! Websites that promote the egotistical beast in men demanding that women obey their commands should be labeled as dangerous! Weak, incompetent men are drawn to those sites and believe they are entitled through their rage.

    Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.Maya Angelou Date: Sat, 31 May 2014 19:18:13 +0000 To: bwhiton@msn.com

  2. It is hard to believe that the report was it. Nothing was ever found except the gate and door were open. She was on her way to an event. It is so sad to hear this, Emiliana. I’m sorry for your loss.

    • Yes it’s crazy to think about how primitive the investigation was back then compared to what we have with technology today. Blows my mind that more wasn’t done. I have a lot of paperwork of hand written interviews from the case.

  3. I was one othe the deputies that arrived at the scene, I was one of the last ones to arrive. There were so many people and no control of the area. I was dispatched on a missing persons call, what I was given on the radio, I knew there was more to it, when I arrived, I couldn’t believe there was no control of the crime scene. There was two deputies standing at the gate just letting everyone in, all I could think of was, that all of the evidence was being destroyed. I found the Sheriff in the house, with a lot of people, I’m sure it was family and friends walking all over and touching and moving things. I asked the Sheriff what all these people were doing here, it a crime scene and now it’s contaminated, cars parked everywhere, even where she played basketball, people walking everywhere around the farm, more evidence being destroyed. I even suggested where me needed scene to the Investigator, which by the way is where they found her hours later, I was ordered off the scene and put on Traffic Control on Highway 70.
    It still haunts me to this day, how this case was handled, I think about Katina and the justice she never received.

    • Hi Andy,
      My mind is actually blown that you found this post and that you were there. My mother always told me the exact same thing you are saying. She thought that because nobody thought there was foul play in the beginning that there was no control of the situation at my uncle’s trailer. Katina was my best friend and to this day we have no idea who murdered her 😦 I’ve always hoped that this would be solved so we could have closure to who did this. It still haunts me today. thanks for sending your message Andy.

      • It’s haunts me to this day also, I think about her all the time. I think about how it should have been handled from the beginning.
        I pray that the person is caught, so everyone can have some peace.
        Please keep in touch and let me know if you hear any news.
        I just wanted to let you know that, I haven’t forgotten her.

      • Thank you again Andy. You have a good heart, I can tell. It’s hard to have any hope that this will ever get resolved. I don’t even know how this could be resolved almost 30 years later. I’m also honestly afraid of what the truth could be. 😦

  4. Sorry for some mistake in what I wrote;
    Line 1, one of the deputies.
    Line 17, we needed to search.
    Couldn’t fix it after.

    I keep checking to see if her killer has been found, I’m hoping someday to hear that they got the person.

    • it’s okay because I actually read your original post this way. I didn’t even notice the errors. thanks again for messaging my blog. I really do appreciate it. thank you, thank you!

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