The Tragic Saga Continues in Court
By Will Sigmund
Almost two years ago, The Novato community was shocked to hear that a member of our high school was killed and another injured in a gang-related confrontation. This incident left people wondering who could have committed such a crime in our community, and why? Minds were racing and rumors were spread, but since then much of the story has finally been set straight. However, now that the news crews have come and gone, some citizens of the community and students are again left in the dark when it comes to figuring out the facts and details of the crime.
The two suspects accused of killing a Novato High student had a preliminary hearing on Monday, March 5th to see if they would stand trial. Edenilson Misael Alfaro and Juan Carlos Martinez Henriquez are the men facing legal proceedings for the murder of Edwin Guerra and attempted murder of Llefferson Diaz, among other charges. The case was presented to Judge Andrew Sweet to determine whether there is enough evidence to require a trial. If they are found guilty, Martinez Henriquez could face life in prison and Alfaro could face the death penalty.
“It’s kind of ridiculous because it’s in our community and a lot of people at Novato were shocked by it. It would be a good thing to tell us, especially if we went to school with the victim,” said senior Brenna Scarth, who believes the locals should have more information on the suspects, the potential trial, and its events.
Although the two suspects are alleged gang members, Scarth believes that “age has something to do with the lack of publicity, since one of the accused is a teenager and so are both victims.”
Junior Eddie Rodriguez mentioned that there could be a lot of things going on without people knowing.
“People lost sight of what happened,” said Rodriguez. “If you were to walk up to someone and ask them about it, they might not remember.”
I did have to remind a few people about the event for them to recall it.
“After the first couple months, you don’t hear any news,” said Rodriguez, who believes less publicity can be better by creating less rumors and false news throughout the community. “There’s so much less panic around the event.”
“It’s out of sight and out of mind. I don’t hear people talk about it much around school,” said NHS teacher Michael Chole. “The news crews sensationalize it; news cycles really fast.”
The way he sees it, the crime looks captivating on paper, but the details of the hearing are less interesting to readers, the media, and the general public.
“It’ll be public for a week or two and then it will pass,” Chole added.
As for the trial, many believe the two deserve their sentencing, especially if it was premeditated. As for the community, justice has yet to be served and the hearing has not come to an end at the Marin Civic Center just yet, leaving plenty more for Novato residents and students to find out. People in the area concerned about the event should be encouraged to attend the trials and gather the information first hand. As the information continues to come out, those hoping to learn about the current stages of the story can find it in the local Marin IJ newspaper, in addition to the Novato Swarm.