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Suspect in Mount Airy shooting was in U.S. illegally

Posted November 7, 2009

— Authorities said the suspect in the killing of four men outside a Mount Airy TV store was in the U.S. illegally and had been deported once.

Federal immigration officials told The Mount Airy News that 29-year-old Marcos Gonzalez was sent out of the county in 2007 after serving a prison sentence for violating his parole from a kidnapping conviction.

Gonzalez is charged with four counts of murder in the Nov. 1 shootings in the parking lot of Woods TV store, on Worth Street in Mount Airy.

Police Chief Dale Watson says he was disturbed to find out Gonzalez was deported after committing a violet crime.

Investigators haven't determined exactly what caused the shooting, but they don't think the victims were chosen at random.

Gonzalez was convicted of second-degree kidnapping of a minor and second-degree trespassing in 2002, according to state Department of Correction records. He served about 1½ years in prison, then another seven months after violating his parole in 2006. He was deported after completing that sentence.

Information from: Mount Airy News


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  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 9, 2009

    We are where we are because of NO enforcement of our laws to begin with! Why shouldn't they just bounce back and forth...we don't try to stop it!

  • donnied1952 Nov 9, 2009

    When all this comes out, if it does, I'd be willing to put money on it that he was a mafia hit man. And he was when he was inprisoned in the US the first time.
    Don't deport him, just give him the death penality. it's a good thing that I am not a police officer, there would be no trial.

  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 9, 2009

    Tired of excuses: Excellent point! Maybe THAT would do the trick....hit them in the wallet, those who hire third-world labor at OUR expense (driving down our wages,disqualifying US citizens because they don't speak Spanish,etc.) We should also consider LAWSUITS against the banks who give them loans for homes and cars, as this seems to be one of the reasons they are not being deported, along with the cheap labor! The banks hardly want them to be deported if they owe money.........

  • familyfour Nov 9, 2009

    Your kidding right? Make Criminal illegal aliens legal? We dont even know who these people are!!!!!!!!!! clearly they dont want to follow our laws and you want to make the Legal??????!!!!.

    string...you miss the entire point.....

    The concern I have is not legalization in this particular case, but our ability to track this habitual felon.....

    Deportation doesn't work, so YES...make him stay here and pay his debt back to OUR society.

    And for the rest of them.....yes....and make them earn their keep.....pay taxes, etc.

    It's NOT rocket science, and would boost our economy by increasing revenues and decreasing expenditures on deportations that only result in yet another deportation.

    Sorry you would rather have them continue to come in, only to be sent home with no reprimand......


    That's a great solution. I can see why we are where we are with this......

  • Tired Of Excuses Nov 9, 2009

    If I were a family member who's loved one died at the hands of this guy I would sue any one I could as far up the chain as legally possible, just to make a point.
    HUNDREDS upon THOUSANDS of people are here ILLEGALLY and little is done about it. I am tired of hearing about illegals comitting crimes then it's portrayed as some big surprise once it's discovered. If he was working here and collecting pay I'd sue his employer who funded his livelihood too!

  • alx Nov 9, 2009

    we should treat illegals in our prisons the same way mexico treats our citizens down there. after all they should feel at home.

  • coolwill43 Nov 9, 2009

    He got 1 1/2 years for kidnapping, what. You can get more time for less of a crime. Does kidnapping fall under federal jurisdiction? He came back into this country after being departed once with all of the new border guards at their post. By the way what are the border guard’s jobs, should not the head border guard be demoted for felling to secure the border. There seems to be no penalty for incompetence’s. Thanks Obama and Janet Napolitano. And where are the names of the victims. He would also qualify for health care. Guest who may be in this country because of paid federal incompetence’s?

  • readbtthelines Nov 9, 2009

    Keep not dealing with this problem - It'll go away. Or better yet, let him impregnate someone and all his children can leech more tax money until they're ready for community college at Wake Tech. Get your head out of the sand legislators and enforce te laws ALREADY on the books!

  • pappy1 Nov 9, 2009

    Tsk-tsk-tsk. All the hate and vitriol spewing here. The poor man was just here to try and make a better life for his family back home. Is it his fault American society forced him to take up a life of crime and thuggery?

    Judge not, lest ye be judged...

  • foxyladync Nov 9, 2009

    I say get deported once as a freebie. Come back, lethal injection for you. Yes, I know this will upset a lot of bleeding hearts, but if there are no real consequences there is no reason to follow the rules. What am I talking about, we are in a country that lets people out of prison after 7 years for "good beahvior" who have been sentenced to life in prison!