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Paradise Lost

“Whatever starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread.”

—President Jimmy Carter

On a Sunday afternoon late in June, Tony Bologna was driving home with his sons, Michael and Matthew, from a family barbecue.  In San Francisco’s Excelsior district Bologna got stuck in an intersection, temporarily blocking a car from making a left-hand turn.  Bologna began backing up, but evidently not quickly enough.  Gunfire from an AK-47 erupted.  Tony Bologna and Michael died on the spot.  Matthew died two days later.  The alleged shooter is Edwin Ramos, a native of El Salvador, member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) street gang, and an illegal alien.  He is currently in jail, charged with three counts of murder.

One would assume that Ramos has been flying under the radar and that this was the first time he had come into contact with the authorities.  Not hardly.  He was arrested in March when police stopped him for driving a car with illegally tinted windows and no front license plate.  In the car with Ramos was another MS-13 gang member, whom police observed hiding something.  A search revealed a gun, which later proved to have been the weapon used in a double homicide.  Ramos was released from custody, though, when the district attorney’s office declined...

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