RE: Marisol’s Odds Go Down
Two days after local media featured Mynor Montufar and Carmen L. Marrero as the parents of Rhode Island’s first baby of 2008, federal immigration agents arrested Montufar at his apartment.
Now Montufar is about to be deported.
And David De La Roca — also an illegal immigrant, one of several people who shared the couple’s apartment — is dead in an apparent suicide.
De La Roca was found hanging from a belt in a locked bedroom at 174 Bellevue Ave. on Friday, several hours after immigration agents raided it and arrested Montufar and another man.
A Providence police report confirms an account given by Marrero’s mother, who said she was one of several people present when a friend of De La Roca jimmied open the door and found the body.
Whether these events are connected is unknown, but family, friends, and some in the Hispanic community are asking these questions:
Did De La Roca hang himself when federal agents entered the apartment because he feared deportation? Was he already dead before agents arrived? Why didn’t agents force the locked bedroom door?
Did immigration authorities pursue Montufar after seeing his picture on television and in the paper?
“It’s a coincidence,” a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said of Montufar’s arrest so soon after the publicity.
Paula Grenier, the ICE spokeswoman in Boston, said Montufar was arrested on an outstanding administrative deportation warrant.
The ProJo also reports that Marisol’s mother, Carmen L. Marrero, is here legally from Puerto Rico.
ADDENDUM: Incidentally, Andrew clears up confusion on the ProJo’s weird note that Marrero is “here legally” from Puerto Rico, here. I had one of those, “that looks weird” moments but parroted it anyway. My bad.