Agnes Gibboney is stepping up and taking action – after California’s sanctuary laws released the gang member who ended up murdering her son – by running for Congress.
In 2002, Gibboney learned that her 29-year-old son Ronald Da Silva had been shot and later died of his wounds. The killer pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was convicted and sent to jail. But the distraught mother – she had lost her first baby as well – said she didn’t think the law had made her whole:
“It’s devastating, there’s no describing it. The guy that killed my son has a determinate sentence in prison but I have a lifetime sentence of grief and pain.”
Da Silva was killed 18 years ago when he went to visit his girlfriend in El Monte. The victim was with a friend when a known gang member, later identified as Luis Gonzalez, came out of hiding and shot at the pair. The murderer was an undocumented immigrant.
On her deceased son’s 43rd birthday, Gibboney promised her son and the world:
“I will be at the cemetery with a cupcake and a candle and I’ll be singing “Happy Birthday.”
The heartbroken mother said that the illegal assassin was the source of personal wrack and ruin:
“It just destroyed my family.”
Gibboney is a legal immigrant. Her family wanted to come to the U.S. after fleeing the 1956 Hungarian Revolution but entry was denied. For the 13 years, the parents, daughter, and son lived in Brazil.
Then, Gibboney’s father secured a job contract in the U.S. and became legal permanent national residents. When their daughter Agnes became eligible to apply for U.S. citizenry she embraced the opportunity and aced her citizenship test with a perfect score.
This determined and dedicated American migrant learned English as a second language and Spanish as a third tongue. She volunteered as a translator for the police department in her hometown of El Monte, California, where she met and married Detective Mark Gibboney. The couple moved to Rancho Cucamonga and created a blended family with their sons.
Gibboney worked part-time and became a volunteer for the House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women, drawing on her own experiences to help others. She graduated from Chaffey College and answered the call from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department for volunteers for the Citizen Patrol unit.
The naturalized American completed that program, which included the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, and spent several years donating her time to the unit.
When her son Ronald was brutally murdered, he was survived by two sons of his own. His killer was a felon who had been deported previously. Knowing her son’s murder was intentional and at the hands of someone who should not have even been present in our country made the tragic situation even worse for the bereaved mother.
Gibboney is known as one of the “Angel Moms” from an “Angel Family,” terms coined by a Texas-based nonprofit group called The Remembrance Project, which supports families of victims of crimes committed by illegals. In 2016, she appeared with Donald Trump during his presidential campaign when he talked about immigration policy.
On November 21, 2019, Gibboney criticized California’s Leftist Governor Gavin Newsom, other State leaders, Congress, and others who are prioritizing illegal immigrants over U.S. citizens.
Two days later, the 44-year-old Gonzalez was scheduled for release from the Calipatria California State Prison. The Angel Mom was understandably upset:
“You have no idea the hell I have endured the last three months learning about his release. No one should feel unprotected and betrayed by their government. I am mentally and emotionally drained. I deserve justice to have Gonzalez detained by ICE.”
California’s Senate Bill 54 created the sanctuary state status to protect illegal aliens but fails to protect American citizens and unfairly punishes the victims of illegal alien crimes and their families. SB 54 reads:
“Existing law provides that when there is reason to believe that a person arrested for a violation of specified controlled substance provisions may not be a citizen of the United States, the arresting agency shall notify the appropriate agency of the United States having charge of deportation matters. This bill would repeal those provisions.” [emphasis added]
Concerned and grieving parent Gibboney challenged local law enforcement to stop pandering to criminal illegals:
“I am calling on [Los Angeles County] Sheriff Alex Villanueva to put on your big boy pants and do your job. I am behind the Border Patrol border and ICE.”
Gibboney said in a “Fox & Friends” interview, having announced her congressional run:
“After my son’s murderer was released early in November of last year and I finally got him deported, I felt very strong and very empowered to fight for Americans – to fight for my country that I love and respect.”
Angel Mom Gibboney decided to change the focus of her activism once she discovered there are thousands of survivors of people killed by illegal aliens. She handed over leadership of the local Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) chapter to others, withdrawing from that organization to become an advocate of securing our border and enforcing immigration laws.
Gibboney, like many other Americans who are fed up with the Democrats’ preference for illegals, is taking a stand. The next California election will tell the world who else is with her.