cloudy.png
Wednesday September 18th, 2019 6:22PM

Father of slain Iowa student decries using her as 'pawn'

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) — The father of slain Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts in an opinion piece spoke out against using his daughter's death in support of "views she believed were profoundly racist," a call that comes after President Donald Trump and others seized on the suspected killer's immigration status to argue for changes in U.S. immigration laws.

Authorities have said the University of Iowa student was abducted while she was out for an evening run in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18. The man charged in her death, 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a Mexican farmworker who is suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. Trump and other politicians quickly noted that element of the case and called for changes to immigration law .

Rob Tibbetts wrote in the opinion piece published online by The Des Moines Register on Saturday that while he supports debate on immigration, some politicians and pundits went too far in using his daughter's death to promote political agendas. He said his stepdaughter is Latina and argued that the suspected killer "is no more a reflection of the Hispanic community as white supremacists are of all white people."

"Do not appropriate Mollie's soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist," he wrote. "The act grievously extends the crime that stole Mollie from our family and is, to quote Donald Trump Jr., 'heartless' and 'despicable.'"

The quote comes from a Friday opinion piece by Trump Jr . that criticized the media and Democrats for not playing up the suspect's immigration status.

"Despite what some Democrats may wish in the depths of their hearts, Mollie was murdered by an illegal alien and her murder would never have happened if we policed our southern border properly," the president's son wrote.

Recorded phone calls citing Mollie Tibbetts' death in a push for white supremacist views began Tuesday, just days after her funeral. The robocalls cited comments Rob Tibbetts made in defense of Latinos during her funeral .

The calls question whether his daughter would feel the same if she were still alive and describe Rivera as "an invader from Mexico."

Rob Tibbetts wrote in his opinion piece that his daughter was "nobody's victim. Nor is she a pawn in others' debate."

"She may not be able to speak for herself, but I can and will," he went on to say. "Please leave us out of your debate. Allow us to grieve in privacy and with dignity. At long last, show some decency. On behalf of my family and Mollie's memory, I'm imploring you to stop."

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Business, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Agriculture
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Father of slain Iowa student decries using her as 'pawn'
The father of slain Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts says his daughter's death should not be used to promote political agendas
12:31PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Wisconsin's tight governor's race puts Walker on defensive
Wisconsin's race for governor is shaping up as a battle over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's record the past eight years on education, roads and health care and whether his Democratic opponent mismanaged his duties as the state schools chief
12:19PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Nebraska Catholic diocese rocked by old abuse allegations
For more than a decade, a conservative Catholic diocese in Nebraska was the only church in the U.S. that refused to participate in annual reviews of sexual misconduct that were a key reform enacted in the wake of the 2002 Boston clergy abuse scandal
12:12PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
O'Rourke bets national attention lifts him in Texas race
If Senate seats were decided by viral videos and fawning media profiles, Democrat Beto O'Rourke would win in a landslide
11:13AM ( 1 hour ago )
2-state effort aimed at freeing mentally challenged woman
Supporters of a mentally challenged woman convicted in two states in the 1994 kidnapping and killing of two elderly women say she was actually a victim of the men involved in the crime and are pushing for her release
11:08AM ( 1 hour ago )
Arkansas race shows Democrats' hope for red state wins
A Democrat running for a congressional seat in red-state Arkansas is making a surprisingly competitive bid to unseat a Republican congressman by talking about his bout with cancer and the federal health care law
10:04AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP National News
Study shows health, reaction-time declines in firefighters
Researchers are using scientific measurements to understand the health dangers of wildland firefighting
6:50AM ( 5 hours ago )
Weather woes hit college football, stadiums cleared
The first big weekend of the college football season was marred by weather problems across the country on Saturday
12:07AM ( 12 hours ago )
Authorities identify 5 of 8 killed in New Mexico crash
Authorities have identified five of the eight people who were killed when a semi-trailer veered across a median and smashed into a Greyhound bus, The Albuquerque Journal reported
11:38PM ( 12 hours ago )
Top U.S. News short headlines
Wisconsin's tight governor's race puts Walker on defensive
Wisconsin's race for governor is shaping up as a battle over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's record the past eight years on education, roads and health care and whether his Democratic opponent mismanaged his duties as the state schools chief
12:19PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Nebraska Catholic diocese rocked by old abuse allegations
For more than a decade, a conservative Catholic diocese in Nebraska was the only church in the U.S. that refused to participate in annual reviews of sexual misconduct that were a key reform enacted in the wake of the 2002 Boston clergy abuse scandal
12:12PM ( 26 minutes ago )
'Crazy Rich Asians' banks another crazy rich weekend
"Crazy Rich Asians" isn't slowing down at the box office even in its third weekend in theaters
11:58AM ( 39 minutes ago )
US general assumes NATO command in Afghanistan
U.S. Army Gen. Austin Scott Miller has assumed command of the 41-nation NATO mission in Afghanistan following a handover ceremony
11:50AM ( 48 minutes ago )
Serena faces Kanepi, Nadal seeks US Open quarterfinals
Serena Williams faces Kaia Kanepi, Rafael Nadal seeks US Open quarterfinals
11:38AM ( 59 minutes ago )