By: Leah Uko
OMAHA (KPTM) – Members of the community rallied in front of the Douglas County Courthouse Friday to demand government officials start enforcing immigration laws. They blamed illegal immigration for why a 93-year-old woman was raped and beaten inside her home.
Police said Louise Sollowin was asleep in her bedroom when 19-year-old Sergio Martinez-Perez attacked and raped her. She died from injuries.
Perez was in the country illegally and worked for an Omaha roofing company.
Politicians, community members and Sollowin's family blamed government and companies that hire illegal immigrants for why Sollowin was killed. They believed if Perez were not let into the country, Sollowin would still be alive.
Bill Hartznell, who is married to Sollowin's granddaughter, Teresa Hartznell, said the immigration problem in the country is nothing new.
"This did not begin with the Obama administration," he said to the crowd of about 30. "This problem that we have goes back through the Bush administration, through the Clinton, Carter, Reagan, Nixon, all the way back."
The Hartznells said they were most upset with lawmakers.
"Our anger isn't necessarily that he's an illegal, our anger is that this was completely and totally preventable. It should have never happened."
Perez was charged with first-degree murder.
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