Autumn parted ways with us at Chanticleer Road. Joshua, Jennifer and I walked north on Gilbert toward our apartment complex; Autumn walked east toward her home alone. An hour or two later Maria del Rosio “Rosie” Alfaro knocked on Autumn’s door. Rosie was a family friend, so Autumn let her in.
Rosie stabbed Autumn 57 times and stole $300 worth of property from the Wallace home. Autumn’s mom Linda found Autumn dead hours after that. It took a couple of years, but eventually Alfaro was the first woman in Orange County to be sentenced to death. Last Thursday I saw Autumn’s face on the front page of the Register with this article.
The article explains how it has been 15 years since the sentencing and the Wallace family is still waiting for the sentence to be meted out. When asked if she would attend Alfaro’s execution, Linda Wallace said that she is “not that much for [executions].”
I agree with Linda. I respect human life too much to support any policy of state-authorized killings. Executions are immoral. And don’t confuse my opposition to the death penalty with sympathy for Alfaro. I have no such feelings for her.
But capital punishment does not deter crimeÃ¢â‚¬â€it’s just uncivilized in theory and unfair in practice. Linda Wallace told the Register that “if [Alfaro] is put to death, then another mother loses her child. I know what it feels like to lose a child.”
Linda is both wise and brave.