This is the first I’m hearing about this story and I’m sure it’s the first time most of you have heard about it too. More on that later.
On Christmas Eve 2009 30-year-old Ezekiel Gilbert allegedly shot and killed 23-year-old Lenora Ivie Frago who was working as a craigslist prostitute in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Frago was on life support until July of 2010 until her family decided to taker her off of it.
Gilbert’s defense is that the shooting was justified because he was trying to recover his ‘stolen property’. Gilbert is said to have paid Frago $150 for sex but then she declined after receiving the money. When dealing in illegal transactions there is always a risk that you may get ripped off. Most people would cut their losses at that point and get out without risking harm or attracting the attention of police. However this is not a ‘recovery of stolen property’, it’s a revenge killing over a measly $150. The article I linked to is about how the trial has been delayed due to a juror’s family emergency but is set to resume tomorrow.
Now it’s been almost 3 years since Ms. Frago’s death. Why hasn’t anyone outside of San Antonio heard about this. Is it because it happened in Texas and not Boston? Is it because Ms. Frago worked as a prostitute? Or was it because Ms. Frago may not be white? I think it’s safe to assume that it’s a combination of all three.
Just because Ms. Frago worked as a prostitute doesn’t make her death any less tragic and senseless.