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Metro Crash Victim’s Family Is Receiving Hate Messages

The family of Ana Fernandez, a victim of the metro crash, tell WTOP they've gotten a bunch of hate calls from anti-immigrant crazies. The station reports:

"They have been getting hate-filled telephone messages about whether or not Fernandez, a mother of six, was a legal immigrant.

Her family gathered outside her Hyattsville apartment Wednesday. A crying woman who identified herself as Ana's sister said the accusations aren't true.

'Right now, the whole family is in pain. She was here legally, and all her children are legal. They were born here.'

She says she's grateful for the genuine expressions of sympathy, but has a message for the people who have been making the harassing calls.

'We all work, OK? And we're going to get through this.'"

WTOP reporter Kate Ryan writes in to Loose Lips with more details of the hate calls:

"Ana Fernandez' family tells me specifically that the calls accuse them of 'using the crash' to gain legal status for Ana. Again, the woman identifying herself as Ana's sister (and Ana's daughter Evelyn) tell me that not only was Ana legal, but that all six kids were born here."

Fernandez's family had been the focus of a lot of official sympathy. Yesterday, Councilmember Jim Graham, who is the chairman of the Metro Board, said he had her family in mind when he pushed for a $250,000 emergency relief fund.

(Via DCist)

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  • creativemeat

    This is probably true for anyone in the news with a "foreign" name.

    White people: stop being in denial.

  • fedupcitizen

    This should not be an issue legal or illegal this is a husband whose lost his wife and children that lost their mother. Damn people have some compassion. This could happen to anyone. As a matter of fact it did!!!!

  • Truth Hurts

    I've said this before, but I'll repeat it today: Haters be gone.

    The overwhelming majority of people in this country feel sadness and compassion for all victims of this disaster. It could've been me, my daughters, my wife on those trains. It's shameful that some amoung us are so filled with hate that they would attack a victim.

  • Susana

    This pure ignorence.. These children have lost their mother.. They didn't deserve this. This wasn't something they chose because they wanted money. I am a family friend and still can't believe that someone could be so disgusting. These kids have nothing. There father died a couple years ago, their mother worked hard to provide for them. What race she was or how she lived here isn't anyones buisness. Even seeing how people are I don't wish this on anyone. As a mother I don't wish this on anyones child. I can't believe how ignorant people could be. I just hope that they don't go through this terrible pain..

    STOP being so ignorant, worry about your lives.. Just because your misreable doesn't mean you have to wish that on anyone else!

  • blanca

    yall people that be harrassing them just, leave them alone. they havent done anything to yall. yall have nt done anything for them so let them be in pain. and stop harrassing.

  • shannon

    unbelieveable that people would even bring this up. I feel for all of those who lost their loved ones- this could've EASILY been any one of US.. rememeber that.. My heart goes to all the families.. Peace