Sarah Root's family releases statement following Trump mention at RNC

Posted at 9:52 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 09:26:23-04

The family of Sarah Root released a statement to KMTV after GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump mentioned the Root case during tonight's RNC speech. 

"We are very appreciative that Mr. Trump is speaking of our daughter. He & his staff have been very compassionate about what we have been going through & have tried to help however they can."

On January 31st, Root was killed by a suspected drunk driver, who is also an undocumented immigrant. Police say 19-year-old Eswin Mejia was racing down the street when he slammed into Root’s vehicle.

Donald Trump mentioning Root during his RNC speech:

"One such border-crosser was released and made his way to Nebraska.

There, he ended the life of an innocent young girl named Sarah Root. She was 21 years-old, and was killed the day after graduating from college with a 4.0 Grade Point Average.

Her killer was then released a second time, and he is now a fugitive from the law. I’ve met Sarah’s beautiful family.

But to this Administration, their amazing daughter was just one more American life that wasn’t worth protecting. One more child to sacrifice on the altar of open borders. What about our economy?"