While Alton Sterling and Philando Castile‘s tragic deaths have recently captured the country’s attention, they weren’t the only people killed by authorities this week, let alone this year.
In fact, at least 569 Americans have been shot to death by police so far in 2016, including Melissa Ventura, a 24-year-old who died on Tuesday.
According to multiple reports, two sheriff’s deputies in Yuma County, Arizona were responding to a domestic disturbance call on the evening of July 6 when the mother-of-three opened the door and lunged at the officers with a kitchen knife.
It’s true that Melissa did attack the deputies, but many people are questioning why two grown men were unable to disarm a woman so much smaller than them without the use of lethal force.
Following the incident, an obviously upset Tiffany Ventura spoke to local station KYMA about her sister’s death, saying:
“I don’t know what happened. She was a mother of three, and she lived for her kids. She was the heart and soul of my family├óΓé¼┬ª I don’t know what we are going to do without her the only thing I can say is that her kids will know how much she loved them.”
What makes this story even sadder is that the young mom just gave birth to her third child in May.
With all of this said, it’s important to note that Melissa had a criminal history including four arrests in the past five years as well as suspected mental health issues… but no one deserves to be shot to death, especially when police are not supposed to act as judge, jury, and executioner.
See more on the story, including Tiffany’s emotional interview (below):
[Image via KYMA.]