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Sympathy for the perpetrator disgraces officer

Published Sep. 10, 2005

Re: Robber felt "betrayed" by police, July 13.

Nester DeJesus, cop killer, robber, oh _ and yes _ according to your newspaper, loving father and respectful man.

I tried to read this article with an objective point of view, but considering it was on the front page so soon after Tampa police Officer Lois Marrero was murdered, her body motionless on the ground, my objectivity turned into disgust. I am sickened by the fact that after your newspaper made one mistake in putting that picture on the front page, you disgrace Officer Marrero and the police officers who put their lives on the line day in and day out by talking about a man who felt "betrayed."

How is it when a suspect is shot by the police, you are quick to hang the officer, and when an officer is killed you are quick to look at the gentle side of the murderer? Shame on you, St. Petersburg Times, shame on you!

Thomas Paradiso, New Port Richey

Story was lengthy, irrelevant

Re: Robber felt "betrayed" by police, July 13.

Am I the only reader who thinks the lengthy front-page article about Nester DeJesus was boring, too long and in part irrelevant?

Officer Lois Marrero and Nester DeJesus probably rated one front-page story, but like a tabloid the Times is providing coverage that is not front-page material, is sensationalized and is by comparison to other issues probably not of similar moment.

What I do notice about the Times is, in a case such as the Marrero story, there is a practice of giving the victim and the perpetrator almost equal billing, often with the implication that the perpetrator's background, family situation or personal woes somehow mitigate his/her criminal act. The families of offenders almost always state they are delightful people, got bad breaks or similar statements that distract from what they did. Occasionally that happens to be relevant, but more frequently it is unsupported filler for a tragic new story.

Do us all a favor and quit killing so many trees when you can write a story in a more condensed form.

James R. Gillespie, St. Petersburg

A senseless act of violence

Re: Robber felt "betrayed" by police.

What a nice picture his family painted of cop killer Nester DeJesus. Too bad it did not include an apology to the family and friends of Officer Lois Marrero for his senseless act of violence.

Bill O'Connell, Oldsmar

Not an asset to society

Re: Robber felt "betrayed" by police.

Just another deluded person who thinks the world owes him. Paranoid and blaming the police and everyone else for what he did.

When are people going to realize:

1. The world doesn't owe you. You owe the world.

2. You are responsible for your own actions.

3. If you want to look for someone to blame _ look in the mirror.

4. If you want to have a baby, get married first.

5. When you get a decent job, don't self-destruct.

At $13 per hour, $520 gross per week, it was not a smart move to get saddled with a $450 per month car payment. With everything else, Nester DeJesus did not need that extra pressure just to have the nicest car.

Daily, multiple long distance phone calls to New York? Who pays for them?

Shoplifting, graffiti, fighting, subway fare beating? Where was his respect for other people, their rights and their property?

The death of Tampa police Officer Lois Marrero is doubly tragic because DeJesus didn't want to be an asset to society.

But will any of the other asocial people out there learn anything from this? I doubt it.

T.L. Ammerman, Seminole

Unjustifiable behavior

Let me get this straight: According to police, Nester DeJesus robs a bank, guns down a police officer in cold blood and his girlfriend, Paula Gutierrez, takes the gun from the dying officer. Now the families of these people want us to feel sorry for them.

DeJesus blamed the police because he could not get into the military. His mother states he was a kind person until set off, but everything set him off. These are not the kind of people who deserve our sympathy, and the military does not need someone like DeJesus to serve.