Vigilante Parents Murder the Man They Believed Was Pimping Out Their Teenage Daughter

We seem to be veering into a new grey area filled with parents acting as vigilantes seeking justice for their exploited kids. First, there was the man in Texas who killed the man he caught molesting his young daughter. He caused us to wring our hands about whether it was okay to start killing people who harm your children. (Short answer: No.) Now a couple in San Francisco has shot and killed a young man they said was pimping out their 17-year-old daughter.

Barry Laprell Gilton and Lupe Mercado were distressed when their daughter started spending time with Calvin Sneed, a 22-year-old gang member, and eventually ran away with him. They asked police for help, but nothing came of it. They later discovered that she was appearing in escort ads, and they figured out what she was likely working for Sneed. That's when they decided to take matters into their own hands and allegedly plotted to kill Sneed. They tried shooting at him once on May 27th, but failed to hit him. They tried again on June 4th, and this time Gilton succeeded in killing Sneed in a drive-by shooting. District Attorney George Gascon said he understood "the frustration that the parents must have felt.... But taking the law into your own hands is not an acceptable solution." No, it certainly is not. A lawyer for the couple says they did not commit the murder, but for now they are each facing murder charges and are being held on $2 million bail until they're arraigned later this week.

Parents accused of killing daughter's pimp in San Francisco [Los Angeles Times]

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