Orange County officers’ bullets have claimed the life of another young man this year. 23-year-old Robert Villa was shot and killed by Tustin police officers on Monday morning in front of the Casa Cortez Apartment Homes located in the 1412 block of Nisson Road in Tustin.
The Tustin police department claims in a statement that they were on site following a “family disturbance” call at approximately 11:35 a.m. in the nearby 1400 block of Nisson Road. Officials have only stated that they were “confronted with a male adult suspect armed with a knife.“
Robert’s name was not released the day he was killed.
Villa’s cousin, Vicenta Hernandez, confirmed Robert’s identity and explained in a statement through a social networking medium that her cousin had “been shot four times” in front of Villa’s mother, Leticia.
She adds, “ The Tustin PD should have took different actions to put my cousin down he had an unknown object in his hand and I believe being shot four times in front of his mother is wrong in every single way, I want justice and want people to know my cousin wasn't a bad person he was smart and very friendly and we'll know I'm sure there's is a lot of people that will be doing what I am doing. He left his son behind and was only 23 years old I do not believe he was harm to anyone. Please, please open your hearts to my story, put your selves in my shoes and do the right thing. “
Villa was transported to the Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he would be confirmed deceased that evening by the Orange County Coroner’s office.
A memorial now rests next to the bloodstained concrete where Villa was shot last Monday.
Robert’s father passed away when he was just three years of age. Now, his three-year-old son, Robert Jr., loses his father at hands of Tustin officers.
Family and supporters are scheduled to meet at Villa’s memorial site Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m. for a candlelight vigil from where they will then march to the Tustin police department located in the 300 block of Centennial Way in Tustin.
Robert’s friend, Darlene, urges those who can’t attend the demonstration to call the Tustin Police Department and demand the name of the officer who shot and killed Villa.
“We need to know as a matter of public safety,” shared Darlene.
Villa had attended Santiago High School in Garden Grove and was a Santa Ana College student.
His mother wrote through a social networking medium, “ I pray for the Tustin Police they know what they did was wrong and they are going to do everything in their power to cover it up from the world that they belong to. But in Jesus name the truth will come to light… My son’s earthly body does not exist anymore here in earth but I find great comfort and peace in my heart to know that my son is now rejoicing with the Lord. I will see my son again when my soul departs this flesh.”