Deaths in the La Habra jail....what i...

Deaths in the La Habra jail....what is happening?????

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Martinez Family

Downey, CA

#1 Jul 24, 2006
The article below is frighteningly familiar. You see we too lost a family member while he was in custody of the La Habra police department. It seems to have happened very much the same way. He too had a problem controling his alchohol as did Vicky Avila. He was also taken into custody in pretty good shape considering. However, we never expected to hear only hours later that he had died. His name was Vincent A. Martinez and he died under suspicious circumstances on October 31, 2004 while in custody of the La Habra police department. We sympathize with the Avila's and as of yet do not have answers to our questions either. The police dept. claimed that Vincent commited suicide by hanging himself with his pants. We have never been able to see the supposed video of this incident. His body when viewed seemed to be bruised and scraped as was Vicki's. We as the surviving family members have a need and right to know what happened to our loved ones. It seems that closure will not be obtained untill this happens. Our prayers and deepest sympathy goes out to the Avila Family as we sincerely know your pain.

July 19, 2006

The last time her family saw Vicki Avila alive, she was being carried out of her La Habra house on June 10 by four La Habra police officers. She was handcuffed and shackled but unharmed.

Even so, Gary Avila said he went home and told his wife: "I'm never going to see my sister again. It's a gut feeling, but I know I'm right."

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Less than 30 hours later, the news came: Avila, 31, who was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, had died at Orange County Jail. Relatives said that days later, they received permission to view her body. They said purple welts covered her arms, her nose was ink black and her skin was cut.
William Trenz

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Apr 13, 2007
I knew Vicki Avila I loved Her Very Much I dont know what happen I dont know if Ill ever know. I do know this I hurt every day and think of her each day.I miss her so much.
Martinez Family

United States

#3 Dec 29, 2009
I understand your hurt William Trenz. Sorry that anyone has to go through anything like this. Even after the lawyers tried to subpoena the tape it was never materialized. We still dont know.
Anonymous

United States

#4 Mar 30, 2010
I am so deeply sorry for your loss Martinez family. I came across your posting in the search of perhaps more answers on the passing of my family members Vicky and Gary Avila Jr. As the stories have faded out of the media there is always that questioning in our hearts. I have unfortunately come to the conclusion that the lack of justice and the mistakes that were not owned up to will forever hold a bearing on our lives. I definately feel for you and I hope that one day all of our questions may have answers.
Martinez Family

United States

#5 Apr 7, 2010
Thank You for your March 30 post. I want to say it helps to know we are not alone, but, this is not a group anyone wants to belong to. They say time heals all wounds but some just take longer I imagine.
ana magana

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Nov 12, 2011
vicent martinez is my brother and i miss him dearly
friend

United States

#7 Jan 21, 2012
I remember when another girl died in the la habra police department. Her name was Donna Long. There were witnesses that said she yelled for help but the La Habra police threatened them...
mcc

Corona, CA

#8 Mar 29, 2012
I lost my sister after la habra pd arrested her back in 2001. they sure have a rap sheet for deaths while in their custody it is just sick but the only time they will all pay for the lifes they have taken is when much of them" la habra officers will go to hell!!!
irunthistown

United States

#9 Apr 4, 2013
off with the LA HABRA pigs heads
Scott Printy

United States

#10 Mar 3, 2015
Donna Long was my girlfriend at the time. Yes, she yelled for help , and the cops left her while she was having convoltions. She passed away at the hospital later that day.

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