Divorce Case Mass Shooting
When the divorce finalized, the mass shooting began.
Javier Casarez armed with a .50 caliber Smith & Wesson, forced his ex-wife to go with him to a trucking company in East Bakersfield where he believed an employee there was having an affair with her.
In total, Casarez killed six people including his ex-wife, Petra Maribel Bolanos de Casarez.
This ranks as the third deadliest shooting in 2018 behind the Parkland School Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left seventeen dead and the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas, which resulted in ten people killed.
Divorce and Violence
Violence and divorce go hand-in-hand. I’ve handled thousands of divorces after practicing law for nineteen years and I can tell you my personal experience is that there are accusations of domestic violence in the overwhelming majority of cases.
Years ago in one week, my office had a mother shoot her husband in the leg. As it turns out, my former partner had his daughter enrolled in the same school as the two parties and out of an abundance of caution, he immediately withdraw her from the private school and into another school in the adjoining county. Two murders occurred that week between spouses and cases we had pending.
After that, I did not come across any more shootings or murders in my family law cases, but threats to me were very common including an almost physical altercation with a spouse that resulted in police officers escorting me outside of the building, and another where the ex-wife attacked her ex-spouse outside the courtroom and tried to attack me as well.
Unfortunately, I know I’m not the only one. Dozens of my colleagues have told me similar stories, and it is for that reason that I still carry with me a firearm and every judge I know personally also carries. It’s a sad reality ignored by the family courts.
“It’s heartbreaking, it’s shocking. I would be very sympathetic with those involved in any place in our state, our country. But it was very shocking to hear that something like this had happened in our home city.” Bakersfield Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan statement.
No one likes to talk gun control until it affects them personally.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.