Mother of Mesa officer killed in wrong-way crash speaks at RNC

Posted at 7:38 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 01:33:51-04

The Republican National Convention Monday night focused on two high profile Arizona deaths as GOP leaders pushed for changes to illegal immigration enforcement.

"I had my son stolen from me," Valley mother Mary Ann Mendoza said. "This was a good cop story that was cut short."

Mendoza said her son, Mesa police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, was killed by a drunk driver who "had no business being in this country." The driver was going the wrong way on the highway and hit Brandon's car as he headed home from work in 2014.

"It's time that we had an administration that cares more about Americans than about illegals," Mendoza said.

The siblings of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry spoke to delegates live from the Arizona Border. Terry was gunned down in December of 2010 by immigrants who were robbing other smugglers. Two guns recovered at the scene were part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ botched Fast and Furious operation. The siblings said border patrol agents were too ill-equipped during the Obama Administration.

"My brother paid the ultimate sacrifice for those failures" Kelly Terry-Willis said.

"[Trump] will give our heroic border patrol agents the resources and support needed to do their jobs," Kent Terry said.