Latina mom records her meth binge before killing her kids

Every now and then I come across a story that literally makes me sick to my stomach and unfortunately, it happened again today. Reportedly, Aide Mendez, a 23-year-old Fresno, California based mother, went on a crystal meth binge before killing her two children, 17-month-old Aliyah Echeverria and Isaiah Echeverria, 3, and then turning the gun on her boyfriend (the babies' father), her boyfriend's cousin, and finally herself. Mendez's boyfriend is in critical condition after being stabbed and suffering a gun shot wound to the neck.

Police are still trying to piece together what happened and the neighbors are shocked, (shocked! they say) and claim there didn't seem to be a history of violence.

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But after reading the story, it is obvious that there has been a serious history of drug use, and judging by the discovery of eight thousand dollars in cash, various scales, 10 grams of methamphetamine and at least three firearms, the family was most likely dealing as well. Which brings me to the only question really left to ask: Could this have been prevented? Too often, families and friends turn the other way and ignore signs of drug abuse, and really, there is just no excuse--especially when there are children involved. Who knows? Maybe Aida was even using while pregnant with her youngest child.

The reluctance of her neighbors to share any information is infuriating as well. A seven-year-old kid from the vicinity narrowly avoided being murdered by escaping the house before Aida could find her, so there was obviously contact between the murder/suicide victims and the surrounding community. And if the family was dealing the drugs they were also using (which large amounts of cash, drugs, scales and firearms would suggest) you'd think neighbors would have noticed people coming in and out of the house at all hours.

Police have apparently found an iPad in the home which Mendez used to video herself using meth just a few short hours before going on her rampage. I guess we won't really know what happened since most of those involved are either dead or unable to speak, but I pray that in the end, someone comes forward with a clearer version of what life was like for this family. The children deserve their stories to be told, even though their lives were cut so tragically short.

Would you tell police if you suspected there were drug dealers living in your neighborhood? Would you ever get involved if you knew there were young children caught up?

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