Just recently a 19 year old-student at Southern Illinois University went missing for a few days, and then was found dead in the woods.
Reports say that he died from Hypothermia after running into the woods during a fight, following a night where police believed him to be drinking, but later tests proved that he was not. For reasons unknown, these tests have not been released.
of drinking (Updated 4/16). That student, Pravin Varghese, may have survived had law enforcement leveraged its resources and assets better. While law enforcement issued a missing persons report for Pravin, with no leads on his whereabouts, there was a state-trooper that had seen him run into the woods and been on scene that night. This trooper had information that could have potentially saved his life and saved his family, friends, and community a ton of suffering.
Pravin’s mom, Lovely, is calling for more information into what happened. In this public statement on YouTube Pravin’s mother asks for the community to come together and push the law enforcement for answers. She is distraught with the miscommunication and misinformation her family has been provided on numerous occasions since their son’s death saying,
“We want the legal system to work for the safety and betterment of the citizens as we live in the greatest country on the face of this earth. We are so proud to be part of this
country and honored to be United States Citizens. If there is something missing in the way communications are being done and handled, then this is the time to change. This should not happen to another family. When someone is reported missing there should be a better way of using resources to find that person. We will be the advocate for that. We don’t have detective minds, and that’s why we believe in our law enforcement for the public safety.”
This mother is seeking the help of community. While she seeks it for her son, it is not just for herself, but for all mothers out there. I chose to write on this because watching Pravin’s Mom, I realize that could be my own mother-I could be Pravin. Anyone of us could. She deserves an accountable and responsible law enforcement in the event something happens to me. Every person, regardless of race, color, and class does.
“This could be anyone’s son or daughter and I don’t want to see another person standing like this just because there are loopholes in the legal systems. We want the system to work for the betterment of fellow citizens. We hope the loss of our Pravin can cause a change.” Lovely Varughese
It’s amazing to watch this woman push forward through the death of her 19-year-old son, but it’s time to do more than watch. We should stand up, support-help. She’s right, this could be anybody’s child. There are missing black, brown, and white children all the time and plenty of parents who can attest to the added burden of a law-enforcement system that is ill-prepared to deal with it or a frivolous legal system that can’t rein in its law-enforcement. We’re a first world country and we deserve first-world governance.
- Donate JusticeforPravin.org
- Drop an anonymous tip with Kompassist
- Call or Email: People in Power hold the keys to change. Ask them to support Lovely Varguhese in her push to #MakeJusticeWork
- The Southern Illinois University, President of the College: GPoshard@siu.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org and his assistant, Paula Keith, is at email@example.com.
- The Carbondale County Mayor, Don Monty, 618-549-0372 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Any of the Town Council Members: http://explorecarbondale.com/city-officials
- Patt Quinn, Governor of Illinois (particularly regarding the loopholes in procedure that allowed the police & state troopers to be out of sync) Phone: 312-814-2121 or email here
I’ll keep this posted as I learn more. If you have details fill them into the comments box and I’ll update this post. Want to offer your support? Drop it in a comment & I’ll make sure its routed to the right people.
“We just want answers. No revenge. We want to go to our grave in peace knowing what happened to our Pravin.” – Lovely Varughese