Justice at its finest

According to an article from the Associated Press, a serial killer “who avoided detection for 20 years” was sentenced to 75 years to life in prison for murdering three women. Francisco Avecedo was linked to the murder of three women in Yonkers between 1989 and 1996 by DNA evidence Avecedo voluntarily gave up.  In 2009, Avecedo voluntarily gave a DNA sample as an “optional parole application while he was in jail for drunken driving.”

SWEET JUSTICE! It must have been an amazing feeling for the children, mothers, aunts/uncles, friends etc of the victims- Maria Ramos, 26, and Tawana Hodges, 38, both of the Bronx, and Kimberly Moore, 30, of Greenburgh- who have had to endure the suffering of not knowing who murdered someone they loved for all those years.

I do not like how quickly technology is advancing (because I feel most people cannot keep up).  But this is an exception! Technology needs to catch up with human progress in this case because this is an amazing example of why the police department needs to expand its DNA database.  People can lie, but DNA can’t.  Imagine the number of unsolved, cold cases that could be solved if departments expanded its DNA database.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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