Family Angry that Burglars were Killed By Frightened Homeowner

In a sad story from California, two teen boys were killed after breaking into the home of an elderly woman in the middle of the night. The elderly homeowner has been the victim of previous burglaries and has been living in fear for months because of them.

Burglars hit his home twice before. The area is no stranger to crime that mostly consists of car and home break-ins.

The woman who lived at the home where the teens were shot asked her brother to stay with her after thieves targeted her home twice before, including one of the teen suspects shot dead in her home on Sunday.

“He was not an innocent bystander,” said neighbor David Keck. “I’m sorry the little boys or teenagers were killed, but if it’s my family, my family comes first.”

Now the families of the burglars have taken to the media to complain that their sons “didn’t deserve to die.”

These stories about family and friends of criminals crying about their poor dead children are getting tiring. (Here are just a couple of others we’ve covered – here and here)

These complaints are always the same. “Oh he was a good boy, just misunderstood. He didn’t deserve to die. He was running with a bad crowd.” Etc., etc., etc…

Family and friends of two teenage boys shot and killed inside a home they had broken into are speaking out.

“They didn’t deserve to get killed,” said the sister of 14-year-old Michael Sambrano.

“They were on their way out the door, and I just think it was wrong that they were shot,” said Christina Sambrano.

While family and friends admit the teens committed a crime, they wonder if dying for their mistake was the only answer.

“I just don’t understand why they were shot multiple times and killed,” said Lisa Sambrano.

I feel bad for the families of these two young men. They shouldn’t have died. They should have been in their beds sleeping so that they could be prepared for school the next day. They should have been playing video games or doing homework or talking with a friend on the phone. Instead, they were breaking into the home of an elderly woman who feared for her life. In fact, police say she was so scared she had already tried to sell her house!

Police have also said that fingerprints taken at the scene also prove that at least one of the boys had been a part of at least one previous break-in into the home. She had reason to fear these boys.

Perhaps, instead of complaining about the innocent person who was defending themselves from their criminal children… these parents should be telling other parents to pay more attention to their children. Perhaps they should be saying, “Don’t let your 14 year old go out in the middle of the night unsupervised!”

Two teen boys are dead. It’s a sad story. But these parents are blaming the wrong people. They need to be blaming themselves.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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