On the same day that the media is covering the memorial service for slain TSA screener Gerardo Hernandez, we learn of another TSA screener found dead nearly 3,000 miles away from LAX. NBC Miami reports that Ernesto Lluberes was found dead in his car around 3:00 AM on Sunday 11/10/13. There are few details but many questions surrounding the possibility that another TSA worker was targeted because of public hatred toward the agency, that he was involved in criminal activity or if it was a random act of violence and merely a coincidence that he worked for TSA.
By Hank Tester and Brian Hamacher – Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013
Police are investigating after an off-duty Transportation Security Administration Officer was found dead in a northwest Miami-Dade neighborhood.
The body of Ernesto Lluberes, 41, was found over the weekend inside his car in the area of Northwest 72nd Street and 12th Avenue, authorities said Tuesday. The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation. Miami-Dade Police are investigating the death and the TSA is cooperating with the investigation, TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said.
Family members told NBC 6 that Lluberes was shot to death, but police haven’t confirmed how he died. His tearful mother, Violeta Lluberes, said in Spanish that her son probably knew who shot him several times, that her heart is bleeding, and that she is devastated.
Records showed Lluberes was arrested in 2001 on a misdemeanor battery charge and later acquitted. He was also recognized in 2006 with a Good Samaritan award at Miami International Airport after assisting an employee who had a heart attack.
Anyone with information on the death is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
The family of Gerardo Hernandez can look to TSA management in part for the loss of their loved one. It is TSA’s failure to address the public disdain for their invasive policies and the recurrent criminality and corruption among TSA workers that has made it the most hated agency in government. There is no amount of PR or propaganda that can change that without changes in TSA.
If there is to be any positive outcome of these deaths it might be that Congress finally demands serious TSA reform, starting with replacing TSA screeners with local police, something recommended by former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley.