The Long Road to Justice
Not a single person’s eyes were dry when Melchor Torres of Madera , California recounted the story of his son’s murder while in police custody on the night of October 22, 2002. Melchor was an invited guest to the Merced-based October 7, 2011 meeting of the Central California Journey for Justice. Especially heart breaking was hearing the song he composed in honor of his son Everardo and his mother and brother, who have passed away in the decade since Everardo was gunned down while handcuffed in the back of a Madera police car. The police officer, a veteran of the force, supposedly mistook a service revolver for a taser gun and shot him.
Everardo was 24 when he was struck down. He was a rising star as a boxer. He was already slated to represent the U.S. in the World Olympics.