Only a Teen-Age Face

I read in The Miami Herald post of 9.23.09 that a nineteen-year-old man has been arrested and charged with butchering horses, probably for their meat, at two ranches in the Miami-Dade area of South Florida. I stare at the picture of Santiago Cabrera–short, neat haircut; gold earrings; red and blue shirt; sketchy mustache–and try to reconcile the image with the brutal details of the crimes to which he has confessed. But the face reveals nothing of what he did to the horses at the Lazy L Ranch and another place. It’s merely a teen-age face with a tentative expression. The police have charged Cabrera with killing two horses at two different ranches. Among the charges are armed burglary, killing a registered breed horse, and animal cruelty.

While I’m glad that two killers have now been arrested (Luis Miguel Cordero, 18, was the other one), police are still looking for other suspects. No one should be relaxing yet. If you have information, call Crime Stoppers, 305-471-TIPS.

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