Spare a thought this Christmas season for the family of Juan Carlos Dequina, and others like them.
It’s been just over a year since police found Dequina dead behind the wheel of his Chevrolet Blazer SUV, parked on a lonely road on the city’s southwest edge. The spot at 146th Avenue and 53rd Street S.W. isn’t far from Dequina’s home, but police don’t know why he never made it there after leaving his girlfriend’s place at about 12:50 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2008.
Investigators turned to the media last week because police have no clues pointing to who killed Dequina, largely because he led an exemplary life with no criminal involvement.
Why someone would want to kill a 22-year-old who sent monthly cash donations to an orphanage in the Philippenes is an enduring mystery that has dogged police and inflicted continued pain on his family.