Obama-era DACA Recipient Accused of Murder in South Carolina

Diana Martinez-Gonzalez (Photo provided by family)

While Congress was given six months by President Donald Trump to decide the fate of Obama-era DACA “children” who are now mostly adults, crime statistics for some in the DACA program aren’t helping their plea to remain in the United States.

Nineteen year old Daniel De Jesus Rangel Sherrer, an illegal immigrant who was protected from deportation under DACA, is accused of murdering, kidnapping and possessing a weapon in the violent crime against 18-year-old South Carolina high school student Diana Martinez-Gonzalez.

Martinez-Gonzalez was a junior at Greenville High School. Her body was found in Easley, South Carolina about 13 miles away from Greenville.

She was found dead in a wooded area on October 4, 2017 after being forced into the woods and shot multiple times in the head.

A friend of Martinez-Gonzalez stated she was also held against her will by the suspect but managed to escape and call authorities.

Master Deputy Ryan Flood of the Greenville Sheriff’s office indicated during a press conference that Sherrer had confessed to a deputy about his alleged murder of Martinez-Gonzalez.

According to Flood, Sherrer told a deputy he had allegedly murdered Martinez-Gonzalez because she spread false rumors about him.

Although it has been reported that Ivanka Trump referred to “Dreamers” as “innocent people”, approximately 2,139 revocations and terminations have been issued for DACA recipients beginning in 2013.

Since DACA began under former President Obama in 2012, the number of revocations and terminations have been as follows:

  • 2013–56.
  • 2014–153.
  • 2015–460.
  • 2016–848.
  • 2017–622.
  • Total — 2,139.

According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

“The deferred action terminations were due to one or more of the following: a felony criminal conviction; a significant misdemeanor conviction; multiple misdemeanor convictions; gang affiliation; or arrest of any crime in which there is deemed to be a public safety concern.
Most DACA terminations were based on the following infractions (not ranked): alien smuggling, assaultive offenses, domestic violence, drug offenses, DUI, larceny and thefts, criminal trespass and burglary, sexual offenses with minors, other sex offenses and weapons offenses.”

Sadly, this beautiful young woman, Martinez-Gonzalez has became another statistic among those killed by DACA recipients who were brought here illegally by others who are illegally in the U.S.