Richard Taite, the founder of the Democracy Preservation Initiative (DPIPAC) was lambasted by Twitter users after he attempted to justify the politically motivated ambush of a Chicago couple, who were pulled from their car and shot in front of their children earlier this week. The murderer was an African-American gang member who shot Gyovanny Arzuaga, 24, multiple times in the head and then preceded to shoot Yasmin Perez, 25, in the neck, who later succumbed to her wounds and died in hospital. They leave behind two children, now orphaned.
The couple had been celebrating Puerto Rico Day when they drive through the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago with a Puerto Rican flag hanging from their car. According to local news outlets, Arzuaga was pronounced dead at the scene, while his wife later died in hospital.
Replying to footage of the shooting shared on Twitter, Taite appeared to have mistaken the Puerto Rican flag for a Confederate flag.
“I’m sorry is that a confederate flag they’re flying from their car? Trolling that neighborhood? Yeah, I don’t give a shit.”
Taite, the founder of the DPIPAC – which, according to it’s website, helped to “turn Nebraska’s 2nd District blue and propel Joe Biden to winning the 2020 election” – then proceeded to backtrack on his comments, after an attempted doubling down, refusing to apologize. Taite’s organization describes itself as a “team of impassioned citizens who feel democracy and liberty are at the core of our values”, striving to “leave our children and their children a more inclusive and compassionate America.”
A GoFundMe has been organized for Arzuaga’s funeral costs. The GoFundMe has been updated to now include Yasmin Perez.