FBI to aid Mexico in probe of El Mont...

FBI to aid Mexico in probe of El Monte educator's murder

There are 52 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Jan 5, 2010, titled FBI to aid Mexico in probe of El Monte educator's murder. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

The FBI is providing assistance to Mexican law enforcement in the investigation of the murder of El Monte educator Agustin Roberto "Bobby" Salcedo, who was killed last week while visiting family in Mexico, an FBI spokeswoman announced today.

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Banger Hater

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jan 5, 2010
Just curious, but who was he sitting with that all five at the table were taken. No ransom asked, and all were shot & killed. There is a whole lot more to this story. The FBI getting involved within a week. Hmmm. Any feed back. I know the family is reading these posts, what is going on???
Hummmm

Irvine, CA

#4 Jan 5, 2010
I agree something isn't right here.There is a whole lot more to this than they're not say. I bet soon it will turn out either he or his wife are dirty.My bet say he is not the prince most think he is.
Glendora Resident

Arcadia, CA

#5 Jan 5, 2010
Save my tax dollars and don't bother helping with the investigation. Good people are dying every day. He's dead and gone due to the poor decision he made in going to Mexico and hanging out on the streets (restaurant, bar, pool hall, what ever) with men he didn't know well.

From a previous post, supposedly the men he was with were friends of his wifes family.

I use to love going to Mexico with friends. Two years ago I made the decision not to go back until things get better. I'm still waiting.
The Nomad

Mexico

#6 Jan 5, 2010
Will the FBI be announcing that the government of Mexico will be assisting them in the investigation of criminal acts involving Mexican nationals who have been victims of violent crime while visiting the United States on holiday? Hmmm...didn't think so.

What makes the death of this man from California any different than the deaths of other foreigners in Mexico...or for that matter the deaths of foreigners in the US?

Either this man from El Monte was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and a victim of random violence,(which happens even more frequently in the US than in Mexico) or he was mixed up in the drug trade somehow. Foreigners normally are not targeted by criminals in Mexico unless they are mixed up in the drug business.
Glendora Resident

Arcadia, CA

#7 Jan 5, 2010
Hummmm wrote:
I agree something isn't right here.There is a whole lot more to this than they're not say. I bet soon it will turn out either he or his wife are dirty.My bet say he is not the prince most think he is.
I don't know, but I don't think he was dirty. I think somebody he was with was dirty or his group was mistaken to be something other than it was. From what I read, somebody in his group was a lawyer and others were loosely connected, but we'll see if that is even true. To many loose details.
Warren

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Jan 5, 2010
Marijuana Legalization Could Save Mexico

In the 40 years since U.S. President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs," the supply and use of drugs has not changed in any fundamental way. The only difference: a taxpayer bill of more than $1 trillion.

A senior Mexican official who has spent more than two decades helping fight the government's war on drugs summed up recently what he's learned from his long career: "This war is not winnable." {The Wall Street Journal}
Calvert Worthington

Templeton, CA

#10 Jan 5, 2010
I agree that decriminalizing marijuana would put a big dent in the narco's profits. Perhaps most folks are just naive, or our media has done it's job in the 'dumbing down' of America. If you didn't already know, the narcos have affiliates in most states and US police agencies are regularly facing-off with well armed narco traffickers. The recent forest fire in Santa Barbara county was started by narcos-paid marijuana growers 'farming' in the hills N/E of Santa Ynez. It's only going to get worse as the profit motives increase. Think Al Capone and the origins of the Mafia. As for police views, check out: http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php
Reality Check

United States

#11 Jan 5, 2010
2 were students, 2 were doctors and 1 was an attorney. One of them was accused of being an officer. And if you think we don't need to get involved your wrong. This war needs to be stopped before it creeps all the way up to Glendora...it'll be here soon. There are these types of killing everyday very close to the border on both sides. Eventually it'll come to our front door.
just asking

El Segundo, CA

#12 Jan 5, 2010
did his wife have a insurance policy on him?
Careful what you ask for

United States

#13 Jan 5, 2010
This could be a good thing, or, this could be a bad thing. Be careful what you ask for. A lot of people feel that something is definitely wrong. It would be devastating news to the memory of this man who so many admired if he was involved in any wrong doing. Be careful what you ask for. It may be better left alone.
Questions

Buena Park, CA

#15 Jan 5, 2010
For the FBI to get involved shows that SOMETHING is up. Many people are killed in Mexico and especially in Baja California yet nothing is done. What makes this case so special? Someone was defiately involved in some kind of corruption of some sort. Taken to a vacant field out in no where. No one saw or heard noyhing? Yeah right! This is a typical cartel Mexican hit. We see it on the news all the time. For them not to kill the women, also typical. Anyone with half a brain would know NOT to travel to Mexico at all. It is a all out war on big known Mexican Drug and Gun Cartels. Watch the news, listen, learn and KEEP OUT OF MEXICO. Stay in the US and spend your money here. WE will never go back to Baja or Mexico. It is unpredictable and unsafe.
joebanana

Claremont, CA

#16 Jan 5, 2010
The US government is responsible for his death and every other "drug war" related death. The "war on drugs" is more harmful to society than drugs are. All the drug war accomplishes is, tax free money for the cartels, availability to school kids, loss of revenue, crime driven by prohibition, and waste's billions of needed tax dollars, while overcrowding our prisons. In terms of harm to society, the drug war is far worse than drugs.
JJJ

Whittier, CA

#18 Jan 6, 2010
I cant believe how ridiculous most of these people are. The reason the FBI is involved is because he is the 1st American Elected Official to be murdered in the Mexican Drug War. If people would actually do a bit more research on this incident you would know that the gunmen went in looking for a cop and mistook one of his wife's friends for one. There was no cops in the group. The cartels are brutal and you telling them you are not a cop is not going to stop them from taking you and every male that is with you. That is how they send messages to the locals, that even if they think you are a cop they will kill you. They do not value human life, just look at how many innocent women have been murdered in Juarez in recent years. Reading all the organizations he was involved with, all the kids he helped get into college, and the scholarships he has helped setup it will be hard to see if anyone will be able to fill the void left in his community. And you cant blame him for being their for the holidays, if your wife has her family in another contry you will do whatever it takes to insure she is able to spend time with them. It's called being a good husband!
Reality Check

United States

#19 Jan 6, 2010
Life insurance...seriously? He was dating/married to her for close to 8 years. Get the facts people...if the FBI thought or new he was dirty they WOULDN'T be investigating...Congressmen and woman wouldn't be speaking at his vigil and the the US Embassy and State Department wouldn't be involved.
PaNB

Surprise, AZ

#20 Jan 6, 2010
So, what did the 2 students, 2 doctors and 1 lawyer do in Gomez for a living? Not the obvious.

These guys didn't just mistakenly get shot. Most targets are well thoughtout and in various cases, where the wrong guy has been caught, he's been let go.

I can't say this guy was crooked, but it's hard to say he was straight also. Regardless of what we think, the Mexican gov't will do it's normal investigation, which tends to be no investigation.

This will be called a drug-related hit and this guy, whether he was clean or dirty will be called dirty.

This is only one of many Americans who have died down there. Why is the FBI so willing to help? Elected official? How does this make him more important than say the 9 yr old boy that was shot in J-Town? It doesn't.

W/out a doubt, many more will die. You still have Americans flocking down to the tourist places and all over Mexico by the 1000s. How many more will die?

We don't even speak of the dead Mexicans. We don't seem to care that there were 2657 dead in 2009. Dead people. Is the FBI helping with those too?

Let the guy be gone and let his family have whatever peace they require. We will never know the truth.
Joe

United States

#21 Jan 6, 2010
Reality Check wrote:
Life insurance...seriously? He was dating/married to her for close to 8 years. Get the facts people...if the FBI thought or new he was dirty they WOULDN'T be investigating...Congressmen and woman wouldn't be speaking at his vigil and the the US Embassy and State Department wouldn't be involved.
I believe the FBI is more likely to get involved if he's dirty, if he's got connections. They know this is connected to the drug cartels. Keep in mind that Mexico is a sovereign nation, so this likely involves some powerful cross-border types of crooked deals.
Joe

United States

#22 Jan 6, 2010
PaNB wrote:
This is only one of many Americans who have died down there. Why is the FBI so willing to help? Elected official? How does this make him more important than say the 9 yr old boy that was shot in J-Town? It doesn't.
W/out a doubt, many more will die. You still have Americans flocking down to the tourist places and all over Mexico by the 1000s.
Not one typical American tourist type person has been targetted and killed yet. The cartels and violent gangs of Mexico, as bad as they are, don't have the time or bullets to waste on innocent people, plus it would hurt their widespread support among the people. So far the only "Americans" who have been killed had reasons of their own for going there, were not going as simple tourists, but are the dual citizen types, or Mexicans returning home to party and hang out, do whatever business and either have enemies, or are hanging with people who have enemies.
hecnut69

Lakewood, CA

#23 Jan 6, 2010
JJJ wrote:
I cant believe how ridiculous most of these people are. The reason the FBI is involved is because he is the 1st American Elected Official to be murdered in the Mexican Drug War. If people would actually do a bit more research on this incident you would know that the gunmen went in looking for a cop and mistook one of his wife's friends for one. There was no cops in the group. The cartels are brutal and you telling them you are not a cop is not going to stop them from taking you and every male that is with you. That is how they send messages to the locals, that even if they think you are a cop they will kill you. They do not value human life, just look at how many innocent women have been murdered in Juarez in recent years. Reading all the organizations he was involved with, all the kids he helped get into college, and the scholarships he has helped setup it will be hard to see if anyone will be able to fill the void left in his community. And you cant blame him for being their for the holidays, if your wife has her family in another contry you will do whatever it takes to insure she is able to spend time with them. It's called being a good husband!
Thank you! All you morons with nothing to say need to go out and do something productive and leave this alone.
Erik Rizo

Los Angeles, CA

#24 Jan 6, 2010
I was a personal friend of Bobby. When I first met him he was my High School Teacher he was in his early 20's and me in my late Teens... anyway he encouraged me to join the local Sister Cities program and later became friends. Since then we had became personal friends and was someone which was looked up to.

For anyone to call him Dirty or even consider it really bothers me because We all know he was totally the opposite... always giving and donating and providing service for the community... not being dirty.

The FBI is investigating the murder because he was the first American Elected Official to be murdered in such a way. I cant speak for the people he was with but Bobby and His Wife were nothing but class acts. Please dont tarnish his reputation... because if you grew up in the El Monte/South El Monte areas you would know that he was nothing short of Amazing.
Glendora Resident

Arcadia, CA

#25 Jan 6, 2010
JJJ wrote:
I cant believe how ridiculous most of these people are. The reason the FBI is involved is because he is the 1st American Elected Official to be murdered in the Mexican Drug War. If people would actually do a bit more research on this incident you would know that the gunmen went in looking for a cop and mistook one of his wife's friends for one. There was no cops in the group. The cartels are brutal and you telling them you are not a cop is not going to stop them from taking you and every male that is with you. That is how they send messages to the locals, that even if they think you are a cop they will kill you.
BS. If my wife was from Mexico and told me she wanted to visit her family for the Holidays I would bring her clippings and pictures of what is happening in Mexico. I would ask her "what about our kids". A wife who doesn't listen to common sense and puts forth her own wants before the better interest of her family is a bad wife. Take an insurance policy out on her and tell her you'll see her IF she gets back.

And before you parade this guy as some kind of hero, remember that he was getting paid to help those kids get into college. That was what you and I as tax payers were paying him to do.

To bad he was to naive to keep himself alive. It would be as if I decided to hang out on some South LA street corner until 2am with some locals that I didn't know very well. Will I get shot? Maybe, but I can guarantee I wouldn't get shot if I stayed home for the holiday.

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