Monday, February 19, 2018

DEK: Homicide victim remembered during council meeting

By Chris Frost

Special to the Sentry

The City of Oxnard gave it business reports, Feb. 19, which Councilman Oscar Madrigal opened on a somber note and expressed condolences to the family of Kirsten Cain.

“Mr. Cain was the first homicide victim [this year] of the City of Oxnard unfortunately,” he said. “I know it’s difficult to lose a loved one and there is nothing that can bring that individual back.”

He planned to be with the Downtown Improvement Task Force with Councilman Bryan MacDonald, Feb. 15.

“On Saturday, I did go to Ventura College, they had a college day, trying to get families from Tenepala to go attend and there were about 90 families there.”

He said there were first-generation students attending who are going to go to college.

“They are still young, they’re in elementary school,” he said. “For them to see Ventura College, they were pretty amazed, so I think they were eager to see what the future holds.”

Madrigal also commented on how well Oxnard High School always does in basketball.

 “I want to give a shout out to Hueneme High School,” he said. “The boys’ soccer team came in first, the girls’ soccer team made the playoffs for the first time in a decade, and if they win their first-round game, that would mean they would get 10 wins this season.”

He said the team had not recorded 10 wins over the last 10 years.

The Hueneme High School Girls Basketball Team also made the playoffs, he said.

“In the 50-year history of Hueneme High School, they’ve only had four winning seasons,” he said.

His closing remarks addressed flu season, which he said was pretty bad.

“Please make sure you wash your hands,” he said. “Recently, a young lady at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks passed away.”

He said it was part of the reason why he was wearing a purple tie.

“She would have turned 15 on Feb. 15, and purple happened to be her favorite color,” Madrigal said. “My condolences to her family.”