|No Flowers for Mary Tipton|
|Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio|
|Gus Reyna (Photo by Jason |
Hoekema of the Brownsville Herald)
Considering that Sheriff Lucio has kept nearly 400 employees in the Cameron County Sheriff's Department relatively content, is it any wonder that, when he learned that the mother of one of his deputies, Marin Hernandez, had allegedly been involved in a hit-and-run accident, he sent a floral arrangement to comfort the man and his mother? The card with the flowers may as well have read: "Hernandez, we have your back!"
Remember, Mrs. Hernandez heard this huge "thud" as she traveled southbound on FM 803 back on February 28, 2015.
"Perhaps, it was an animal," she may have thought to herself. Her deputy son speculated later, in responding to a Brownsville police officer, that his mom may have hit a skunk. Dozens of police photos show Mrs. Hernandez hit an object tall enough to smash her windshield, but whatever.
While the deputy son was answering questions from BPD, Mary Tipton was lying face down in a ditch just across FM 803. Her body was under a street lamp. Who knows where Deputy Hernandez searched that night with his flashlight, but he evidently didn't search across the street.
Mary Tipton got no flowers.