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Georgia man shoots and kills young Latino who accidentally pulled into his driveway

10:06 am - 01/30/2013


Rodrigo Diaz, 22, was driving around with his girlfriend and two friends when he pulled into a driveway, thinking they had arrived at another friend’s house, his brother says. But instead he pulled into the driveway of Phillip Sailors, 69, who thought his home was being robbed, his lawyer says. Sailors then shot Diaz, according to the police report, citing what Sailors told officers at the scene. Diaz later died while in the intensive care unit.

“Basically, what happened is they were looking for one of my brother’s girlfriend’s friends,” says his brother David E. Diaz-Valencia, 23. “The guy came outside and my brother’s girlfriend said he was screaming, ‘Get off my property!’ and he shot into the air. My brother was backing out fast because he was scared and he rolled down the window to say he was sorry and he was not doing anything wrong. Then the guy shot him in his head.”
When officers arrived, Angie Rebolledo, Diaz’s girlfriend, had blood on her jeans, both arms and both hands as she was attempting to get a response from him and screamed frantically that her boyfriend had been shot, according to police.

Police arrested Sailors, of Lilburn, Georgia, who was booked into the Gwinnett County jail Sunday afternoon and charged with murder, according to the police report.

“At this point we have established probable cause to charge Mr. Sailors and when the investigation is complete, we will turn over the case file to the Gwinnett County District Attorneys Officer for processing,” Lilburn police Chief Bruce Hedley told NBC Latino. “To preserve the integrity of the case, I will not be releasing further information concerning this incident.”

Sailors’ lawyer says his client is a Vietnam veteran with no prior criminal history and thought he and his wife were about to be victims of a home invasion. “You have to understand this is a 69-year-old man who is a military veteran who has been honorably discharged,” Michael Puglise says. “He dedicated his life to community service, specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.”

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girly123 30th-Jan-2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, that poor girl.

That said:

Sailors’ lawyer says his client is a Vietnam veteran with no prior criminal history and thought he and his wife were about to be victims of a home invasion. “You have to understand this is a 69-year-old man who is a military veteran who has been honorably discharged,” Michael Puglise says. “He dedicated his life to community service, specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.”

I hate this line of reasoning so fucking much. He shot and killed someone who was trying to get away from him; this man's ~spotless military history~ (lol) doesn't matter worth a fuck.
mickeym 30th-Jan-2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
I actually said "FUCK YOU" out loud as I read that. So what if he's a military veteran? So what if he's dedicated his life to community service? She still went batshit crazy and killed someone who was no threat to him. Jesus.
clevermanka 30th-Jan-2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
this man's ~spotless military history~ (lol) doesn't matter worth a fuck.

MTE. And neither does his "community service." The fact that it was with Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America just makes me want to throw up more, not forgive him.
lizrocks 30th-Jan-2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.

Plus, he TOTALLY has ~ethnic~ friends!
emofordino 30th-Jan-2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
SERIOUSLY. I don't care if he's mother theresa, he shot a guy in the head who did him no harm! that makes him an asshole who shoots first and asks questions later. jesus, you can't even turn around in someone's driveway anymore without fear of getting killed.
pandaeatworld 30th-Jan-2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
"I shot some people once and that was okay so I'ma keep doing it and use this as an excuse for my completely ignorant fuckwit behaviour"
girly123 30th-Jan-2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Exactly! Like, how is his military service- which denotes that he shot people for a living -supposed to showcase his innocence in this case?
teaoli 30th-Jan-2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
He shot and killed someone who was trying to get away from him; this man's ~spotless military history~ (lol) doesn't matter worth a fuck.

Exactly. And that "specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America" will no doubt be pulled out and danced around should allegations of racism come up.

Future Sailors Online Defender (who doesn't personally know Sailors): "Oh, but he's dedicated his life to bringing the Word to those godless sava— I mean, those people down there who are in need of God's love! The poor fellow made an honest mistake!"
sephirajo 30th-Jan-2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he could have dedicated his life to petting fuzzy kittens for all I care he still shot a teenager trying to get away from him.
tinylegacies 30th-Jan-2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
Seriously WTF

How could you POSSIBLY think you were about to be the victim of a home invasion because of some people in a car in your driveway? Oh, wait, I guess they had brown skin so clearly they were criminals.

I hope this guy goes to jail for the rest of his life.
skellington1 30th-Jan-2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
No shit! So what if he's otherwise some kind of saint? He shot and killed a 22 year old who wasn't doing anything to him, and that kid isn't here any more.
nesmith 30th-Jan-2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
There are an awful lot of people out there who do evil, horrible things without having a prior record. I hate that whole "he doesn't have a criminal history!" as if that proves anything.
girly123 30th-Jan-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Trigger warning: Sexual assault

Not to veer too heavily off topic, but I see this shit all of the time with sexual assault. The assailant gets their charges knocked down over and over again to just "aggravated assault" or "battery" or what the fuck ever because they don't have a "criminal history" with sexual assault. It's as though people don't understand that, in order to build a fucking criminal history for a crime, you have to charge them with it in the first fucking place.

Ugh so much rage, I'm sorry
tamingheadfauna 30th-Jan-2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
Out of fucks to give for the shooter. And I find it interesting with any shooting involving a white person, they're always painted as some sort of upstanding citizen as a way to apologize or excuse the crime.

Because, we all know, the story would be different otherwise.

With all of these mindless shootings lately, coupled with the excuses for the privileged person, I'm tempted to make the "Apologist Red Herring Bingo".
skellington1 30th-Jan-2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
"Apologist Red Herring Bingo".

But he was a christian! And a veteran! *free space* And an upstanding member of his community!111!
akashasheiress 30th-Jan-2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
WTH does his military history even have to do with anything (unless they were arguing that some kind of untreated PTSD made him overreact. But they're not). Ugh, the whole ''but...but he's military/law enforcement'' argument disgusts me so much.
everstar3 30th-Jan-2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
All I can think is, "Sure, and now he's also a murderer, having shot this poor kid who just wanted to turn his fucking car around."

I will never understand how people's heads work. If this kid was going to invade your house, how dumb would he have to be to DRIVE UP TO YOUR HOUSE IN HIS CAR?
emofordino 30th-Jan-2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
that's what i was wondering too! like, i'm not a burglar, but wouldn't you want to at least park your car a little way down the street so that it wasn't obvious? and unless they were super desperate, wouldn't they ideally NOT INVADE A HOUSE WITH PEOPLE IN IT?

i feel like i've already said this a grillion times, but there are just way too many gun nuts who are willing to just shoot someone without asking any questions first and then try to come up with some way to excuse it afterwards. "b-b-but i felt that my life was threatened by the way that he pulled into my driveway!" ughhhhhhh assholes.
lickety_split 30th-Jan-2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
“He dedicated his life to community service, specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.”

This must be the updated version of "But I have lots of _____ friends!"
girly123 30th-Jan-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
With the added benefit of never having to actually be anyone's friend!
lady_borg 30th-Jan-2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
Not assuming anything but there are a lot of Vietnam vets who have spotless records but were allowed to do some terrible things while in Vietnam. Just saying you are a vet of some war does not mean you didn't do some fucked up shit.
nonnycat 31st-Jan-2013 05:05 am (UTC)
Oh good fucking lord, THIS.

tw: sexual assault, really fucking awful shit done by a vet

My dad is a Nam vet and is really cautious about being around other vets as a result of some of the things he saw. When I was a kid, we were visiting one of his old vet friends. We very suddenly had to leave, and my parents made sure not to leave me alone around him and specifically warned me when I was five or so. For years I thought the dude was a sex offender cause of that. I found out last year the reason my folks were so upset is that he admitted to my dad he had thrown a captive POW out of a helicopter for kicks. And bragged about not getting caught or punished for it.

So, yeah. The idea that "Vietnam vet" = "can't ever have done anything bad" is freaking bullshit.
jugglingeggs 31st-Jan-2013 07:25 am (UTC)
Sorry, but to me, the fact that you are a vet of any war is a big reason to automatically be cautious.
natyanayaki 31st-Jan-2013 04:20 am (UTC)
It especially gets to me that the lawyer doesn't even feel the need to at least fabricate a better excuse, like that the man suffers from dementia or PTSD or something. Those obviously aren't excuses, but the fact that the lawyer doesn't even think he has to try is very telling to me. I mean, there's nothing that even indicates that the murderer feels bad in the aftermath. Nothing but smugness.

Edited at 2013-01-31 04:25 am (UTC)
girly123 31st-Jan-2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
I know, right? He's either an incredibly shitty lawyer, or is really confident that no jury would convict an old white army vet from killing a Hispanic person who was ~trespassing on their propertay~.
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