"a mothers' cry for justice"
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#1 Oct 17, 2010
As I begin to write this letter. I am reminded of two very brave men who published my first letter to the Editor who works for the Goldendale Sentinel. Thank you for allowing me the time to share and for being so kind to me. The second Editor works for the The White Salmon Enterprise. Thank you so much for giving me a space to share my sons story. I haven't forgotten you both.
Leah L Martinho
#2 Oct 17, 2010
A MOTHERS CRY FOR JUSTICE! Page (2)
ON MY 17 YEAR OLD BEATEN BY MALE ADULTS AND ONE FEMALE ADULT ON OCT. 31, 2009
Hello, My name is Leah L Martinho. I am the Mother of Lee Martinho who is the young man who was beaten on the letters below. I wrote to several newspapers in the Columbia Gorge area and outside of the area, including farther.[As far as I could go]. "I went". Through emails ; letters pleading my sons case. To this day ["THERE HAS BEEN NO ARRESTS.]!!!!! Today is October 16th 2010. On October 31, 2009. Co-Incidentally, "it was Halloween night". Three days prior; My small family of Three sons' Chris Jr., Moke', & Lee, my husband Chris Sr. & myself arrived in Wishram, Washington after being home-less for several weeks. We were able to receive first months rent and last months rental paid by the AFS office in The Dalles, Oregon. We had not been on assistance prior nor for 17 years, received any help from the state or the government. In-fact it was just the opposite for us. We owned our own businesses; A Cleaning Service, A Diner, A Motel on 15 plus acres. We had owned many homes of out right with no monthly payments, except for the routine general charges for having Electricity and telephone service as well the Internet. With three healthy young teen sons. Hand-some to boot. Internet was a necessity. We were what most these days say "FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS".
#3 Oct 17, 2010
"A MOTHER'S CRY FOR JUSTICE".
In 2008 we had to close the doors of our Diner, and the Motel we had already sold in 2005, along with all the homes "sold", when we purchased the Motel in 2001. The Cleaning Service "My Three Sons". opened in 2002 of April. It was a business that all my sons shared in. Hard-workers, and all that goes with "Good Stock". Our lives were totally in "Bliss", we served our community faithfully for 17 years. Owning the Motel brought many to "Sobriety",we housed and gave freely to those that were in need. I do not mention to boast in our family, nor our own efforts. Our family does not deserve the "glory", nor do we want it. I realize that everyone has their own beliefs. I do respect ALL. I do not practice the habit or believe that anyone whether human, animal, plant, even to the very tiniest creature upon this beautiful earth, including the Universe.[ Nothing & No One], should be Mistreated; Neglected; Abused; Nor Expended. I am not one that believes in clubs that are practicing such things. I do not Perpetrate Wrong! I attest on behalf of my three sons Chris Jr. 20 , Moke' 19 & Lee 18. Without excluding my husband Chris Sr. In addition, I am adding my dog Biscuits - Martinho. Our Airedale. Twelve years old now,[human years] He is actually 84 years old. In [Dog years.] He has been Our Best Friend. Our three sons grew with Biscuits at their side. He shared in the discipline of the boys by correcting them when they were out side arguing by raising his voice with his Airedale barking. Biscuits would come in the middle of them with his popular
Airedale bark. As I observed Biscuits with our sons. It was then. I realized how much he loved them. Biscuits became "Brother", to them. Each time they would start to argue. Biscuits would be right there to break up the arguments with his Big Brother Bark.
#4 Oct 17, 2010
"A MOTHER'S CRY FOR JUSTICE".
I had to mention Biscuits our dog for he has proved to be as much family as any one of us.
I have petitioned the County of Wishram, Washington. The Sheriffs' Dept. in Goldendale, The Victims Assistance in Goldendale. To this day only "Silence". I am adding with my updated letter on behalf of my son Lee who was the victim in this case. This is another "Cry", to the State of Washington, To the County of Wishram which is in Goldendale, Washington, to The Sheriffs Office in Goldendale, Washington. To all those in Authority that have heard of this case involving my son Lee Martinho. Who was at the time, only 17 years old. Beaten by Adults and Adult women. As crowds of the township, residents of Wishram gathered around my 17 year old son who was new in the town. Cheering in the crowd of 25 adults and teenagers joining in the beating down of my son. Wishram, Washington wanted to have "Their Kind of Fun", on Halloween Night. What better fun for WISHRAM, Washington? Still, to this day. NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE ON BEHALF OF MY SON'S BEATING.[A HATE CRIME.]
#5 Oct 17, 2010
"A MOTHER'S CRY FOR JUSTICE".
Truly , A deliberate assault. On a young 17 year old Polynesian. Lee has "Patient Endurance". In-spite of -this obvious,[Hate Crime]- Committed against Our son, Lee. Lee struggles continually to Believe the Best; Hope the Best; and Think the Best. Lees' personal sufferings are manifested through a sense of Confinement, Suffocation, Oppression, Depression,-& Despair. Violated & Robbed of his Peacefulness & Joy to live. The list continues to grow as time passes. Lee has Suffered Tremendous Physical & Emotional Damage from [The Hate Crime] used by illegal force. Lee has been facing what seems to be [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder]
I am crying once more to the Public , to the all those that can help my son Lee Martinho to receive Justice for this horrible attack on his life. Please I am crying out for help.
Lee Martinhos Mom
Thank you very much for reading these letters. May you be richly blessed in all you do. Leah Martinho
Please help my son. Beaten by adult males and an adult female on Oct. 31, 2009. NO ARRESTS MADE
Monday, November 9, 2009 4:31 AM
"Leah Lindsey" <[email protected] >
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November 1, 2009
My 17 year old jumped by 4 older men and a woman in Wishram Washington Our 17-year-old son beaten. Four adult males and a woman in wishram Washington. Since, we have been here. This is as of today 1 month. We have been terrorized. Last night my husband was jumped by another man who was enjoying the entertainment of watching another mob fight, everyone standing around watching including adults watching , the adults from the bar also, the adults having a party next door to us, including one man in his 30's who came out side to help the punks of wishram beat my 17 year old and try to kill him, this man in his 30's I hear has aids, he kicked my son numerous times and threw undercut punches numerous times while my son was laying on the ground. What was the reason for this terrible beating down of a 17 year old? We are the new people in town, that is their excuse.(Excuse me,) for being homeless, no jobs, without a car, almost starving, no showers, and still
pressing on looking for work everyday, even having an individual who works for an organization that gives free showers in The Dalles ridicule my 17 year old son because he needs to use their shower.
#6 Oct 17, 2010
"A MOTHER'S CRY FOR JUSTICE".
The first of school, he walks in with joy because he gets to go to school, only to leave in tears, because the person in charge of the facility. Ridiculed him, belittled him, because he needed a clean town! Sleeping at Rest Areas all summer, on the pavement in front of the car that we did have, which was his also, but wrecked on his way back from Biggs after a shower was given to him from a wonderful couple who loves Jesus and lives on the road as truck drivers.
As my husband looked for our two sons. It was getting late. We all had work in the morning. Son Lee starts school Tuesday again at the Community College in The Dalles. My other two sons Chris Jr. and Moke just obtained jobs yesterday. In addition, as the Mom just started a new job
This would have been the third day at work.
My husband seen a fight at the basketball court, Adults from the bar just standing there watching. Crowds standing there watching. He had seen that no one was helping the kid getting beat up. While this young man was beating on another kid. He could not stand to see this, so he proceeded to walk over there and try to encourage the young men to stop. Some larger young man began throwing punches at he (husband)(with out a cause). My husband was able to dodge the blows, but he by the man on the tip of his nose. He comes back to tell he did not find the two boys Then he proceeded out the door to search again for our two boys again.
He had seen a mob of 25 people or more across from the church. In addition, my youngest son Lee standing in the midst of the crowd surrounded by them crying and bleeding profusely, my husband drove up to the crowd, the crowd then disperses and disappears into the darkness. He brings our sons to home. He proceeds to call 911 and the police. They show up, the medics, comprised of this little town called Wishram in Washington. They check over our son, and we let them know that we are taking his to the hospital. The police take our reports, then, try to investigate the neighbors next door and some of the young men who were all adults involved in the beating of our 17-year-old son. We did not see any one go to jail. It was obvious that this was a planned deal with this little town of Wishram.
We told the police we wanted to press charges. In addition, nothing came of it. It is now day light. We are going into Oregon to follow up on this matter. We will follow-up with the Authorities that be and the Hospital.
Please let the country know. That being a Bully is unacceptable.
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