Daughter of Texas police officer shot in ambush removes tribute to her ‘hero’ after # bluelivesmatter feud
The teenage daughter of a Texas police officer who was ambushed over the weekend was criticized online by critics after posting a touching tribute to her father using the hashtag #bluelivesmatter.
Savannah Chavez, the grieving daughter of officer Ismael Chavez, 39 – one of two police officers shot dead on Saturday in McAllen – uploaded the post just hours after her father’s death.
“Words can’t describe the pain I’m in, but I’m glad my dad is at peace. You were a great man and everyone you ever met knew that, ”Savannah had written. ‘I’m going to miss you so much. You died doing what you loved most, you died a hero. I love you daddy, see you soon. #look inside ‘
But within minutes, she quickly received reports of contempt from people online who criticized the 18-year-old’s relatives for using a “ racist ” hashtag, removing them all together.
Savannah Chavez, the grieving daughter of officer Ismael Chavez, 39 – one of two police officers fatally shot in McAllen on Saturday – uploaded the post just hours after his death
Within minutes, Savannah quickly began to receive contempt messages from people online who criticized the next of kin for using a ‘racist’ hashtag – removing them all together
“Being a cop is a choice. Lmao and the last time I checked there are no blue people. Maybe educate yourself? one person replied.
‘Blue lives matter was literally created in response to and to undermine the matter of black lives. Unfortunately there is no other connotation, ‘added another.
A third person wrote to Savannah, “Blue lives matter was literally created in response to and to undermine the matter of black lives. Unfortunately, there is no other connotation. ‘
“I’m very sorry for your loss, but you didn’t have to use a racist hashtag,” added another, who later identified himself as a high school student.
Others even tweet Savannah the names of people murdered by police officers in other parts of the country.
One respondent even seemed to claim that her father’s death was his choice and wrote, “May your father rest in peace. I’m sorry for your loss, but this was his #blm choice.
Savannah’s cousin Mia jumped into her defense and insisted that anyone who harassed the deceased mother about her father’s death “literally go to hell.”
“This man was the most loving and caring person anyone could meet. It’s pathetic how people can be so unsympathetic to a girl trying to commemorate her father, ”she continued.
Others urged the angry respondents to show some compassion. Savannah also received support from people who knew her father.
“My prayers go out to you and your family. He was such a sweet man and always greeted me with so much respect and kindness during my time at McAllen PD. He was also a great colleague and friend when he worked alongside my father. May God be with you today, ”wrote one friend.
Savannah remembered her dad as a “hero” in her emotional, since-deleted post
Ismael died after answering a domestic violence call in McAllen on Saturday when he and another officer were ambushed by a gunman
Ismael Chavez was fatally shot next to fellow McAllen police officers Edelmiro Garza after responding to a domestic violence call at a house on Queta Avenue and South 35th Street near Los Encinos Park on Saturday.
Police chief Victor Rodriguez said the two officers arrived at the house at around 3:30 PM and were immediately shot when they attempted to enter.
Other officers came to the scene and found the gunman – identified as 23-year-old Audon Ignacio Caramillo – still in possession of a firearm.
While the police yelled at the suspect to lower his weapon, the man pointed the gun at himself.
“The officers didn’t draw their guns, didn’t fire, didn’t stand a chance,” said Rodriguez.
Both officers were later pronounced dead at McAllen Medical Center.
Rodriguez said the officers did not wear body cameras and said he does not believe the dash cam in the agent’s car would have picked up the shot because it was parked too far from the house. The shooting remains under investigation.
McAllen police officers Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chavez were fatally shot after responding to the call at home on Queta Avenue and South 35th Street near Los Encinos Park
Other officers came to the scene and found the gunman still in possession of a firearm
A McAllen police officer embraces a mourner at McAllen Medical Center
Authorities say Ignacio Caramillo had a history of arrests, including a DUI and charges.
“This is terrible news for our community. My heart breaks for these fallen officers and their families, “said Vicente Gonzalez in a statement,” They served McAllen courageously and honorably and I will keep them in my prayers. ‘
Ismael Chavez also previously worked as a football coach Weslaco East High School teacher, before joining the police two and a half years ago.
Audon Ignacio Caramillo is said to have shot himself when other officers came to the scene
The WISD family mourns the loss of former WEHS science teacher and football coach Ismael Chavez. He was employed by WISD for approximately 9 years. Today Chavez & officer Edelmiro Garza were tragically killed during the service. Our deepest condolences go out to their families, ”wrote the school district.
Despite the tragic deaths of the two officers, Rodriguez promised that his department will continue to serve with strength and determination.
“Every day, in spite of adversity, whatever its nature may have been in the past few years, we’ve talked about the national story, people against the police … in the face of that setback we get up and we serve, “said the chief of police.
“In the face of a pandemic, today the agents went to a door to serve regardless of the threats to us, our health, our safety, and our families as well. So we will rise again, and I think we will be stronger for that. ‘