CV NEWS FEED // The mother of an autistic young woman who was killed by a suspected gang member reportedly allowed to enter the country illegally is suing two Biden administration departments.
Tammy Nobles is seeking $100 million in damages. “If [officials] would have done their jobs, my daughter would still be here today,” she said.
In July 2022, Nobles’ daughter Kayla Hamilton was brutally raped and murdered inside her Maryland home by a teenaged El Salvadorian national. The fatal attack took place just days after Hamilton turned 20 years old.
According to police, the assailant was a member of the Satanic gang MS-13.
“We will be filing a $100 million lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security [(DHS)] and the Department of Health and Human Services [(HHS)],” stated Nobles’ attorney Brian Claypool earlier this month.
The attorney added that the two departments “catastrophically failed Kayla Hamilton.”
“Claypool said DHS failed to follow proper protocol, including checking for gang-related tattoos and fully vetting the identity of the suspect,” reported WBFF, a Baltimore-based FOX affiliate.
He indicated that all DHS officials “had to do was make a simple phone call to the El Salvadorian consulate, they keep a list.”
“They would have seen his name on the list and he would have been disqualified from entering the country,” Claypool noted.
Nobles’ attorney said that DHS was not the only department at fault for allowing Hamilton’s murderer to travel thousands of miles into the United States.
From the New York Post:
Claypool also argues that [HHS] was responsible for putting [the suspect] in a holding facility for a couple of days and then making a phone call and confirming that this young man had what’s called a verified sponsor — a relative, a known, verified relative.
“Even though DHS let him in, he still can’t get in the US unless he is going to a known relative,” he stressed. “Well, [HHS] blew it, too.
Nobles believes her daughter’s death should alarm all Americans. “I want everyone to know what is going on at the border,” Nobles said during a NewsNation interview announcing the suit. “I had no clue what was going on before my daughter was brutally murdered and raped. But I do now.”
The grieving mother said it is “so mind-boggling” how “nobody at the border did their job and checked [the perpetrator’s] background.”
“It’s just crazy how he got from Texas all the way to Maryland,” she said.
Nobles also thanked God for helping her following her tragic loss:
Nights are really bad, you’re just left with your thoughts. I try not to think about what Kayla went through that day. What she was thinking those last minutes of her life. You can’t go down that road.
The trial date is set for June 28.
Nobles said her daughter “was a sweetheart … was very happy and had a great outlook on life. She had no idea what evil was in this world.”
“Kayla fought for her life that day with all that she had, and in the end she lost to an individual that wasn’t even supposed to be allowed into the country,” Nobles testified at last week’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the implications of the border crisis.
As CatholicVote’s previously reported:
Nobles stated that four months before Hamilton’s murder, the assailant was “apprehended by border patrol crossing illegally into the U.S. at the southwest border in Rio Grande City, TX.”
“I’m not sure if he was vetted or not, but he was a 16-year-old known gang member affiliated with MS-13 in El Salvador,” the mother stated at the hearing, pointing out that the infamous gang’s “motto is ‘kill, rape, and control.’”
Per Nobles, her daughter’s murderer was able to enter the country as an unoccupied alien child (UAC).
Again from CatholicVote:
The mother described that while her daughter was sleeping, the gang member broke into her room and strangled her to death.
“Kayla grabbed her phone and called her boyfriend but it went to voicemail,” she recounted. “The voicemail of the murderer strangling her was two minutes and 30 seconds long.”