‘Homicide Families Seeking Justice’ hopes to honor homicide victims with a banner across Florida Avenue
■ Kyle Selby / Reporter
Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown announced Tuesday night that information about rewards up to $10,000 is now accessible from the police department section of the city’s website. The page links to the case description and Brown told the council that “before the department posts information online regarding the cases…we will be sitting down with the family members to ensure that we are being sensitive to the families.”
The following information can be found on the webpage:
“The City of Hemet offers rewards for information leading to the identity, arrest and conviction of persons responsible for committing serious crimes including those which result in serious injury or death.
The Hemet Police Department is requesting your help in identifying the person or persons responsible for these types of crimes. If you have any information please contact the Hemet Police Department or the listed detectives investigating the specific case. It is important that the assigned detectives are aware that you are providing information due to interest in this reward program.
Reward amounts will be determined after reviewing all documentation detailing a claimant’s cooperation and involvement to justify payment.
Anonymous Tip Line: (866) 640-TIPS (8477);
On-Line Tips: www.crimestoppersplus.org;
The department’s detective bureau is currently investigating multiple homicide cases, and the incentive of a sizable reward is meant to provoke those who might be withholding information to come forward. Corinna Moreno-Ramirez, mother of murder victim Daniel Ramirez, has seemingly benefited from this implementation, but not without scrutiny from those who have been waiting years for developments in their own cases.
She described nasty Facebook messages; people calling her selfish for being quiet since her son’s alleged murderers were caught. Moreno-Ramirez is unapologetic however, insisting that she cannot keep speaking for people if they only join her in silence.
“As a community, when you lose somebody, we’re supposed to be a team,” she said, addressing the other families affected by unsolved homicides in the valley. “I never disrespected anybody; I always welcomed everybody.”
She is currently hoping to coordinate with the city to hang a banner on Florida Avenue in honor of the many lives lost to homicide, but cannot proceed unless she has the support of her peers. She has created a public group page on Facebook entitled, “Homicide Families seeking Justice,” a platform she generated for people to share their stories.
“I want to keep doing what I’m doing, even though they already caught those guys,” she added. “One down, 20 more to go. I keep telling people to post pictures and to write a little story. If [they] don’t step up and speak out, they’re never going to get justice.”