Holbrook man dies after arrest on drug charge

There are 20 comments on the AZCentral.com story from May 5, 2009, titled Holbrook man dies after arrest on drug charge. In it, AZCentral.com reports that:

The Navajo County sheriff's office says a 53-year-old Holbrook man has died after being detained on a drug charge.

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nobody special

Black Canyon City, AZ

#1 May 6, 2009
IF you are gonna live stupid you die stupid, why should i be sympathetic to the dumb decision that was made. WAKE UP HOLBROOK, life isn't all about drugs and drinking.
Pinetop Lakeside

Winslow, AZ

#2 May 6, 2009
nobody special wrote:
IF you are gonna live stupid you die stupid, why should i be sympathetic to the dumb decision that was made. WAKE UP HOLBROOK, life isn't all about drugs and drinking.
I agree with you!! Take drugs off the streets and away from the kids and community. There is alot there. finally they are getting some of the dealers and narcs. So what if there is one more gone it helps the economy.
familia

Holbrook, AZ

#3 May 6, 2009
the truth will b commin soon...thats not wat really happend..screw crooked copz!
nobody special

United States

#4 May 6, 2009
bull crap familia. Everybody always makes excuses for drug dealing/using idiots. The drug kingpin is gone, time for trish to move back and take up the family business.

Since: May 09

Scottsdale, AZ

#5 May 7, 2009
The drug kingpin is not gone and if you know Holbrook, you know that to be true. Holbrook has always been a hub for drugs and not once do I ever remember any kind of drug education while I was in school or after. A counseling center for kids to learn while they are young would be good for the city, the crime and lives that are needlessly lost.
I believe in the community stepping up, there are so many kids in trouble. A place to be able to be educated,to talk without persecution or judgment. If there is no education about the kind of drugs that are out today, kids will continue to try them.

Sorry, nobody special, when I was in school there were a few cops up there that did do drugs, I don't know about now. They certainly didn't set a good example for us kids back then. The fact that they can't even get some of the major dealers off the street of a small town sure makes me wonder.
I've worked with kids there and the difference of seeing a kid hooked is a eye opener. After education and a lot of counseling by listening and again educating really does work, if you catch them when they are younger while they are still human. Do you think maybe instead of making Mr. Tafoya's daughter a target of your message, don't you think there might be a chance for someone while they are still alive? Dealing with their Mother's death and now the Father has got to be one of the most difficult heartrending things to go through, no matter the reason. An open heart reaches far more than you will ever know.
So, I'm not making excuses, just suggestions. With some drugs like methamphetamine's, you better do your homework. Once hooked, it is a vicious cycle and they are not in control anymore, the drug is.

The police in Holbrook should be challenged to get out there and make arrests, they need to step up and work with the community with these programs and then follow through by arresting the dealers and drug maker wannabes. Holbrook's problem sure isn't pot anymore.

That was the main reason my family left, young children to raise. During those years it just seemed the only solution.
Jesus

Holbrook, AZ

#6 May 7, 2009
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment that you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

2.Christianity. Matthew 7.1-5
Jesus

Holbrook, AZ

#7 May 7, 2009
10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said,“Listen and understand. 11 What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean’.”

12 Then the disciples came to him and asked,“Do you not know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” 13 He replied,“Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

15 Peter said,“Explain the parable to us.” 16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean’. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean’.”
Jesus

Holbrook, AZ

#8 May 7, 2009
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, 2and He began to teach them, saying:

3Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,

for they will be filled.

7Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.

8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.

10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
I in Tucson - SS

Tubac, AZ

#9 May 7, 2009
Jesus wrote:
10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said,“Listen and understand. 11 What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean’.”
12 Then the disciples came to him and asked,“Do you not know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” 13 He replied,“Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
15 Peter said,“Explain the parable to us.” 16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean’. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean’.”
Thank you Jesus. Gil was a good man. If anyone knew him, they knew his door was open to anyone who needed a helping hand. He took in many young men and women that needed safe haven and he was trustworthy and caring.
Holbrook needs more than the crooked police department to be arresting drug addicts, it needs the community to step up to the plate and take care of it's residents. Come on Holbrook...do you know what drug rehab is? Why do all the truly recovering addicts have to turn to Tucson and Phoenix?
x holbrook person

Mesa, AZ

#10 May 8, 2009
there were drugs long before Gilbert Tafoya and if people want to point the finger at thats fine make him the escape gote or call him the king pin what the hell is that maybe he went wrong in alot of ways but the HOLBROOK COMMUNITY has been missing the point and it's time to wake up and do something about the community talk is cheep lets get working on the problem so we can stop loosing good people we have lost so many.
ONCE HOLBROOK PERSON

Winslow, AZ

#11 May 8, 2009
I agree with others, GET THE DRUGS OFF THE STREETS!!! If you get all the Randys, Angels, Gilberts, Mondos off the streets then our streets would be semi clean. Police officers need to crack down and get them all before it takes all of our children. I feel sympathy for the Tafoya family he was a good man, he just made bad choices after his wife died and so did his children, there mother was everything to them and when she died they all died inside she was there backbone and a very good woman. Hopefully Gilberts children and grandchildren will stay strong and be smart during this tough time. Holbrook has been through alot of heartache of people dying there in Holbrook and they have passed on for dumb reasons. There are good people there RIP Gilbret Tafoya and RIP Danny Coronado. There is a justice system out there somewhere and and judgement will come to all.
friend of family

Mcnary, AZ

#12 May 8, 2009
everybody needs to shut there mouths until you no the truth i hope the officers that tased him gets the boot in the butt good and hard god bless the tafoya family
Family

Winslow, AZ

#13 May 8, 2009
Those of us that really knew my Uncle Gil know that he had a great heart. He may have made bad decisions when my Aunty passed away but those decisions are not for you to judge. The entire family was not the same after my Aunty passed away. Granted everyone has the right to form their own opinion sometimes they are opinions best left unspoken especially when there are grieving family members. Gilbert is a beloved dad, grandpa, uncle, brother, cousin and friend to so many and just because you do not approve of the life that he led does not mean you should further upset or anger those that love him by bashing him and his family. Unless you personally knew him then you have no idea the kind of person he was. He changed dramatically when my Aunty passed away but the death of a loved one ALWAYS changes people. Please show a little respect and refrain from bashing others...there is not a single soul that is absolutely perfect! R.I.P. Uncle Gil we all love you and will miss you! You are finally back with the love of your life and I know that you both are smiling again!

Since: May 09

Scottsdale, AZ

#14 May 8, 2009
99% of the people knew Gilbert and those of us who knew him well, loved him. I remember him showing up once totally unexpected with a back hoe on a Saturday, to help my Mom show the City that the water leak was on the City's side as they were insisting it was her leak. She was so happy and gave him a big bear hug. That is really the kind of man he was. I knew him personally and Cindy was a very good friend of mine and she was an incredible friend. No one was the same after her death.
My parent was never the same and she made the same mistakes,only with alcohol. But the pain was completely unbearable. Perfect, heck no. A reason for anyone to judge, heck no.
Right now there 4 kids and other family grieving. Maybe at this time, we should be reaching out to the family. Meals, cards, love and compassion for their loss.

Everything else will come to light and hopefully be dealt with. Then comes the hard work, cleaning up Holbrook, and finding a way to bring in jobs.

transparency within the City when they hire officers will help weed the bad ones out. A better way of dealing with the drug problems that have plagued Holbrook since the 60's.
dick

Holbrook, AZ

#15 May 10, 2009
Officer Murray hates tweeker cuz his wife is one. OOOOOOOOOhh!!!
HOLY CRAP

Holbrook, AZ

#16 May 10, 2009
Holbrook does have a substance abuse program for teenagers (and it's a very good one...don't EVEN slam it because I know very few of you are aware of it!!!); unfortunately the people who are in charge of sending them to this program apparently do not take marijuana seriously or alcohol and therefore they don't refer them until much later. Also other individuals who are in "power" won't look at substance abuse issues due to their own "demons" and once again will refer someone for anger management when in all honesty they need substance abuse treatment. Then you have CPS workers who are untrained in substance abuse treatment and they will make their recomendations for counseling and disregard the professional's recomendations...or even better the Jr High and High school's principals act as if Holbrook doesn't have a drug problem among their kids...don't even ask why I made this statement...one hell of a story!!! PEOPLE this is such B.S!!!!! Look I don't know the man who died and to his family I'm sorry for your loss and hope that with time this wound will heal. But to blame him as the "king pin" is FUCKING RETARDED due to the evidenced listed above...people start thinking and take accountability for your own actions!!!
family

Winslow, AZ

#17 May 11, 2009
that is true ..bill murrays wife is a big time tweaker....he needs to send his dog on HER.i cant believe what they did to my cuz.he was a good man.he had a big heart.he was loved by both sides...the normal people,and yes,the partiers too.but my heart really goes out to my cuz's.greg,please dont do anything stupid,ur kids need you.and for those of u who have shit to talk,apparently u need to get a life.i love u gilly.will miss u.sleep with the angels.
ONCE HOLBROOK PERSON

Winslow, AZ

#18 May 12, 2009
COME ON PEOPLE!!! Tweekers, Drug King Pin, Drug Addicts I think everyone is missing the point. He swollowed the drugs. He did this to himself, the only good thing is that your kids and freinds are not doing the drugs now cuz he took it all. He did have a good heart afterall he was the candy man, giving your kids the candy they needed everyone loved the candy man and bills wife is a felon with drugs behind her, she did the crime she did the time JAIL AND REHAB is what you call it everyone there in holbrook needs rehab. gilberts girlfriend tonya and sister kim both need rehab too
Cynthia Tafoya

Winslow, AZ

#19 May 12, 2009
You people need to stop talking shit about my family..
because you have people in your family that are on drugs and you will always have some...
so you need to go and talk shit to your familys and do something because you have no idea what happend..
the pigs (cops) KILLED My Grandpa
he was always helping people so don't come and talk shit about somebody that you THINK you know...
Kristin

Chandler, AZ

#20 May 12, 2009
Ok, i dont usually respond to these things but I just had to make my little comment, since apparently some of you have made some comments that are just way out of line! What is wrong wuth you people? Does it make you feel that much better about yourself to kick an entire family while they are already down! How dare you think that it is ok to ridicule and hurt the children and grandchildren of a man that is gone! Regardless of whether you agree with his choices in life (and who cares if you did or not) There is a family grieving for a wonderful, loving and genuine man! Do you not realize what your hateful and judgmental words are doing to those who are hurting? No one is perfect! So maybe you have led your life differently! Who cares! Who the hell are you to open your ignorant mouth and spew hatred? This needs to stop if you only want to talk shit! Do it somewhere else. No one thinks its cool that you can talk shit about someone who isnt there to defend himself. Not that he should have to! For those of us who knew him in any way.......he was loved.....and if you didnt shut the fuck up! Leave this family alone they have had to deal with so much pain over the years, they dont need added bullshit from some idiot who just wants to run their mouth!!

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