Mur­der vic­tim’s dad cru­sades for jus­tice in Puerto Ri­can court

‘I’ve been pre­par­ing for this for two years’

Calgary Herald - - Canada - CAROL SAN­DERS

In a murky, dan­ger­ous Puerto Ri­can city where there are two mur­ders a day and money talks — but hit­men don’t — Abe An­hang will at­tend the trial Mon­day of the man ac­cused of killing his son.

Two years ago, Adam An­hang was ex­pected home in Win­nipeg to cel­e­brate the Jewish New Year, but the bril­liant en­tre­pre­neur and real es­tate in­vestor never made the trip.

He was stabbed and then beaten to death Sept. 23, 2005, af­ter meet­ing with his es­tranged Puerto Ri­can wife to dis­cuss de­tails of their di­vorce set­tle­ment.

The mur­der took place in front of the Old San Juan restau­rant that Adam, 32, had bought for his wife, Aurea Vazquez Ri­jos, who was not se­ri­ously in­jured in the at­tack.

Jonathan Ro­man, 24, is go­ing to be tried for Adam’s mur­der, and Abe An­hang will be there, body­guard in tow.

“I’ve been pre­par­ing for two years,” he said this week at his down­town Win­nipeg of­fice, where most sur­faces are cov­ered with pic­tures of his first­born child and only son who, like his dad, loved to travel.

There’s Adam with his lit­tle sis­ter, Adam on the Great Wall of China dur­ing a fam­ily vacation, and Adam at the Taj Mahal with his fa­ther.

Since his son’s death, An­hang has trav­elled alone to San Juan 23 times as ex­ecu­tor of his son’s es­tate, to wit­ness the ac­cused Jonathan Ro­man’s court ap­pear­ances, and to in­ves­ti­gate the mur­der.

“Ba­si­cally, I’m on a mis­sion of my own to try and help po­lice de­ter­mine what hap­pened,” said An­hang.

“I have a much greater in­ter­est in solv­ing this.”

Last Septem­ber, Abe An­hang filed a $50 mil­lion wrong­ful death civil suit in San Juan against Vazquez Ri­jos, two mem­bers of her fam­ily, Ro­man and sev­eral un­named de­fen­dants.

Only Ro­man, a dish­washer, has been charged.

An­hang said he has had of­fers from peo­ple who could ar­range re­venge killings of those al­legedly in­volved, but he said he’s hav­ing none of it.

“I’m go­ing within the op­er­a­tion of their sys­tem, and trust­ing their sys­tem to pro­vide jus­tice.”

The trial is ex­pected to last two weeks. Ro­man faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of 99 years in prison with no chance of pa­role.

If Ro­man is con­victed, it won’t be the end of An­hang’s search for jus­tice, he said. “Oth­ers were in­volved,” he be­lieves. “Time doesn’t heal any­thing,” he said. “It does give you some per­spec­tive.”

Cour­tesy. Abe An­hang

Abe An­hang will be in a Puerto Ri­can court Mon­day for the trial of the man ac­cused of killing his son two years ago.

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