Editor: Gentry Nalley’s Oct 22 letter in Loudoun Now was concise and absolutely correct. Why is there community and governmental silence about the rape and murder of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen? Nabra’s body should never have been pulled from a pond in Sterling because her murder was completely and totally preventable if only our elected officials done their most basic duty: Enforce the law.
Nalley raises a serious question about county government’s complicity in this murder—one that must be explored in depth. However, this turning a blind eye goes all the way up the political food chain. The murders of Nabra and Danny Centeno-Miranda, another 17-year-old gunned down at a Sterling bus stop, lay directly at the feet of our state and federal officials. They are the ones who ignore and enable violent illegal criminals to roam Loudoun’s neighborhoods.
Democrats do so for callous and calculated political reasons, while Republicans are simply cowed into silence, fearful they’ll offend some group. And the violent murders of our young people continue.
What have Democrat candidates such as Ralph Northam ever done to eliminate these predators among us? Ralph’s campaign ads claim he “voted to crack down on MS-13” yet they’re still here. Ralph is the candidate of out of state billionaires and the well-heeled in their gated communities, but young people like Nabra and Danny pay the ultimate price for his indifference on illegal violent criminals in Loudoun.
Republicans aren’t much better. They talk about it and tout area “gang task forces,” but in the end, they’re still here. The first question we the people should ask whenever we encounter Comstock, Ralph, the attorney general, or any of our state senators and delegates, is what have you done to eliminate the completely preventable murders of Nabra and Danny from happening again? What have you done?
Demand a clear answer, not a mumbled stale talking point, on what they have done to protect our young people from violent criminals who shouldn’t even be present in Loudoun to begin with. They’re accountable, and they serve us. If politicians are unable or unwilling to address the issue, they need to be removed from office. Our silence as a community on this completely preventable terror must end.
Chris Manthos, Leesburg