After an illegal alien allegedly brutally murdered a 16-year-old girl, her mother is now speaking out, calling for stricter laws to protect communities from individuals with violent criminal histories. 

Jacqueline Medina, the mother of 16-year-old Lizbeth Medina who was allegedly killed by an illegal alien, is calling for change after another young woman, a college student in Georgia, was also murdered by an illegal alien. 

Lizbeth’s killer, an illegal alien from Mexico named Rafael Govea Romero, is accused of stabbing Lizbeth to death in the bathtub of the Edna, Texas apartment she shared with her mother on Dec. 5, 2023.

Shortly after the tragedy, another young woman, Laken Riley, was allegedly killed by Jose Antonio Ibarra, an illegal alien from Venezuela. Ibarra is accused of killing Riley with a blow to the head while she was out for a jog along the University of Georgia’s campus.

Political commentator Allie Beth Stuckey noted that Athens, Georgia is a sanctuary city for illegal aliens, posting to X that “Every crime committed by an illegal alien is an avoidable crime.”

Jacqueline told Fox News that she is “deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Laken Riley,” and can empathize with her family. 

“As someone who has also lost a daughter to violence at the hands of an illegal immigrant, I understand the pain and devastation that comes with such a senseless act. It is heartbreaking to see another family go through what mine has endured,” said Jacqueline.

Jacqueline also said that she was moved by the fact that both girls were pursuing careers in nursing. She said that Lizbeth dreamed of attending college at the University of Texas at Arlington to pursue her career. 

“It is a cruel and unfair reality that their dreams were cut short by senseless violence,” explained Jacqueline. “I believe that there needs to be stricter laws in place to protect our children and communities from individuals with violent criminal histories, regardless of their immigration status.”

Jacqueline continued by saying that people need to take action to prevent more young girls from dying at the hands of violence. 

“While I acknowledge that not all illegal immigrants are the same, we must take action to prevent tragedies like these from happening again,” she said. “Since my daughter Liz’s passing in 2023, too many beautiful young girls have lost their lives to violence. We must come together as a society to create a safer world for all. Let us look after each other and strive to make our communities places where everyone can feel secure and protected.”

Edna police arrested Lizbeth’s alleged killer, Romero, in Schulenburg, Texas, due to cell phone data and other evidence that linked him to the murder. It is believed that he was also responsible for a burglary at their residence and may have stalked Lizbeth before her murder.

“I believe the burglary from 11/13/2023 could have a connection with the murder suspect,” wrote an Edna officer in the affidavit. “I believed the suspect of this murder was at large and a present danger to the community. I was especially concerned that the person believed to be the murder suspect was texting other high school students, leading me to believe the suspect was targeting students.”

Romero is currently charged with capital murder and has been placed on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer following Lizbeth’s death. 

Many crimes have occurred since the Biden administration’s open border policies went into effect.

Last month, Texas Scorecard reported that six tons of methamphetamine was confiscated by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers in Eagle Pass. 

Texas has attempted to curb the flow of illegal immigration into the state by implementing a new state law that would create a state crime for entering Texas illegally. However, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted the law from taking effect until at least March 13, following an emergency request from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.