A man who killed a 6-year-old boy who was trying to stop him from raping his 12-year-old sister has been found guilty and faces life in prison. Osvaldo Rivera, who may have been high on a drug called "wet," broke into a Camden, New Jersey home in 2012 and attacked 12-year-old Amber Andujar as she slept on the family couch. Amber, her two sisters, one of them 14, and 6-year-old Dominick were home alone in their house as their mother recovered from surgery in the hospital. Rivera, who was a neighbor and had played with the kids in the past, broke into the home and attacked Amber. Hearing her screams, little Dominick ran out and tried to defend his sister.
Dominick began fighting off the much larger Rivera, who was armed with a knife. Rivera stabbed the boy and slashed his throat. He also stabbed and slashed Amber. But because of Dominick's incredibly brave actions, Amber was able to escape the house and run to a neighbor for help. Tragically, however, Dominick died of his wounds.
Amber, who is now 13 and has a permanent scar across her neck, testified against her rapist. Police say it was her testimony that helped put this cretin away. Said County Assistant Prosecutor Christine Shah to the Philadelphia Inquirer:
It's further evidence of what a survivor she is ... I think she did it for her brother.
What an insanely horrible thing this poor girl has gone through -- not only to be raped by a lunatic who cut her throat, but to also know that her little brother saved her life but lost his own in the battle. It's unbelievable what she has had to deal with already in her short life.
Poor little Dominick is a hero who should be remembered forever. He did nothing but try to do the right thing, and he died in the most gruesome and horrible manner.
Rivera, who is also facing charges of molesting a 2-year-old in the neighborhood, has not been sentenced yet and the prosecutor says she is "absolutely" going to seek life in prison. Unfortunately, there is no death penalty in New Jersey for this twisted excuse for a human being.
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