Dade Correctional back in spotlight after strangling – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com
An inmate at Dade Correctional Institution who pleaded to be transferred because he feared he would be killed by his cellmate was found strangled in his cell Monday, allegedly by that same cellmate …
Prison protocol dictates that inmates be isolated when they express fear for their lives, at least until their complaints can be evaluated. According to multiple sources, that was not done in the case of Lavar Valentin, 35, a slightly built convict who remained in a cell with his alleged tormentor, Eduardo Carmenates-Zayas, now suspected of strangling him.
Lavar Valentin’s homicide preceded Robin Williams’ suicide, and there was no circumstance linking the two deaths, particularly not what Williams was best known for, humor and helpfulness … Valentin wasn’t able to help himself, let alone anyone else, and there was nothing funny about knowing you’re about to die at the hands of your cellmate.
Richard Mair’s suicide, though, had much to do with both Lavar Valentin’s homicide and Robin William’s suicide.
As I previously described in another post, Mair tucked a very telling suicide note into his boxer shorts before taking himself out at Dade Correctional Institution in September of 2013 – the very facility where Valentin was murdered. Mair’s note was not only designed-to-damn-homicidal/abusive-guards – names, dates, details of abuse of inmates – it was funny. Mair wrote:
That’s not only grace under pressure, that’s amazing grace under pressure. And – as I also previously wrote – this was NOT Richard Mair’s first attempt to help. When Brevard Sheriff’s deputy Gary Harrell attempted to solicit false testimony from him against fellow inmate Jeffrey Abramowski in trade for having his charges dropped, Mair not only told Abramowski what Harrell was up to, he provided Abramowski with a signed statement.
As the Miami Herald article linked above goes into other untimely Dade Correctional Institution deaths aside from the most recent murder – Lavar Valetin’s – it would have made far and away more sense in context with Mair’s suicide note.
It’s time for the newspaper to print the full story of Robert Mair’s helpfulness and humor, while our short attention spans are still focused on Robin Williams’ helpfulness and humor.
Williams’ wife said today:
Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.
That seems to be what Richard Mair wanted, too.
Had anyone paid attention to Mair’s statement on Jeffrey Abramowski’s behalf, the shamelessly shoddy frame-up would have fallen flat apart. And had anyone paid attention to Mair’s note in September of 2013, Lavar Valentin likely wouldn’t have been strangled to death in July … all the guards who neglected and abused inmates to amuse themselves would have been out of work, or behind bars themselves – for Darren Rainey’s scalding homicide.