The kidnapping and murder of 9-year-old
Mary Beatrice Perez didn't focus the nation's stunned gaze on San Antonio.
talk shows or investigative reports surrounding her disappearance or the
discovery of her body.
Even in San Antonio where the throes of attention surrounded 'Fiesta'
Only a handful of people joined the Heidi Search Center in the search for
her. Her picture was not plastered on the front page of the local paper,
but the news was buried in the Metro section of our paper.
Every day a child is murdered without national attention in this
country. The bodies of a girl, 3, and her 2 year-old brother were found in
a creek in Central Texas. Do we know their names?
Yet it's the spectacular mass murder of children in school
shootings that stops the nation in its tracks and forces it into days
of searching for answers.
The murder of Mary B., last seen alive in Market Square the night
of April 18, should diminish the nation as much as the massacre of a dozen
students and a teacher in Littleton, Colo.
The murdered children of Littleton will be remembered long after
the murdered child of San Antonio is forgotten. A memorial will be
built for them, but not for the murdered child/children in San Antonio.
No on line ribbons will grace pages to remember Mary B. -- just this little
page tucked away among millions.
They die alone.
As America lost so much in a high school in Colorado, we lost
much in San Antonio. Her name was Mary Beatrice Perez. She has
joined the names of so many other children in small white caskets long forgotten.