Jaime Vaca Biography — Wiki
Jaime Vaca is a man from Minnesota who fatally stabbed his son while his son stepped in to save his mother from an attack by her husband, only to end up being fatally stabbed by the man, authorities said. Authorities are calling 15-year-old Julio Rodriguez a hero.
According to reports, five other younger children were hiding upstairs during the attack Tuesday and were not hurt.
Jaime Vaca Age
Jaime Vaca is 27 years old.
Jaime Vaca stabbed his son to death as the teen tried to stop him from choking his mother
According to criminal charges, Jaime Vaca and his wife were arguing in their bedroom when one of the younger children got the teenage boy to help. The teen kicked in the bedroom door as Vaca was choking his mother. Vaca stopped when the son intervened, grabbed a knife and stabbed the boy, the charges say.
Vaca was charged Wednesday in Mower County District Court with second-degree murder and first-degree assault. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday, according to the Star Tribune.
Austin Police Chief David McKichan said in a Facebook post that the violence prompted ‘one of the most challenging and tragic calls I can recall in our city’s history’.
The complaint said officers found the woman outside with a stab wound to the neck and her son bleeding on a couch. Vaca was hiding in a bathroom with a knife, which he refused to drop. He was subdued with a stun gun. The officers found five children hiding upstairs.
Jaime Vaca allegedly told detectives he stabbed the boy then went upstairs and kissed the other kids goodbye because he intended to kill himself. When a detective told Vaca the boy died, he replied, ‘I’m a murderer,’ the complaint says.
What we know so far
April Rodriguez, the boy’s aunt, said her sister remains hospitalized, fighting for her life. She said they are focused on the funeral for her nephew, even though they don’t have the funds for the service.
‘My sister quit her job so she could do distance learning with my nieces and nephews,’ Rodriguez said to KIMT. ‘She can’t work because she is in the hospital. We have to pay for rent and utilities and Julio’s funeral.’
The family has set up a fundraiser on Facebook to raise money for the service. McKichan commended the boy’s actions, calling them ‘incredible.’
‘Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to save the young man who acted the most heroically of anyone yesterday. All of us wanted a different outcome for him,’ McKichan wrote on Facebook.