Posted Aug. 29, 2008 – Nine months have passed since a 16-year-old Black girl was reportedly kidnapped from her southern California high school, but there has been no massive public outcry from law-enforcement agencies or the media like that afforded missing White females, an NAACP official said Thursday.
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“Why is it that CNN, FOX, and MSNBC, the FBI, Nancy Grace, John Walsh, “America's Most Wanted,” and all of these people and agencies can come together and stake out Drew Peterson's home, investigate leads for Madeline McCann all the way over in Belgium, track down Ceasar Laurion in rural Mexico, and tape and analyze every conversation Mom Casey Anthony has, and bring in all sorts of equipment to do air sampling within Casey's trunk, and yet there is no National push to find Chioma [Gray]?” said Kevin Myles, president of the Wichita, Kansas, Branch of the NAACP.
“We grieve for the families in each of these tragic situations; no family should ever have to endure the grinding despair or enervating uncertainty of a missing loved one.”
Police say that Chioma Gray, of Ventura, Calif., was abducted from school by Andrew Tafoya in December 2007. Gray could be with 21-year-old Tafoya, and the pair is believed to have traveled to Mexico in a white 2008 Acura TSC with a California license plate 6AXX928, police said.
“I have a special place in my heart for Chioma. ... I am pained by her disappearance and disheartened by the apparent limits of our compassion. Can we all not grieve for her as well? Can we all not share her mother's burden? She deserves more than a couple missing person flyer's in the foyers of a few Wal-marts.”
Anyone with information about Chimoa should contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOS