Washington County, Tenn. family shares story in nation’s capitol

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A Washington County, Tennessee family who is fighting for justice for their daughter, got the chance to share their story in the nation’s capitol.

Shirra Branum was just 37-years-old when investigators say a drunk driver crashed into her car in Jonesborough back in March 2017.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for Alan Jacob Mogollon-Anaya.

The sheriff’s office says he’s not a legal resident of the U.S. and was awaiting a deportation hearing.

News Channel 11’s Justin Soto found out why Branum’s family went to Washington D.C.

Branum’s family joined the new group “Angel Families.”

The mission on their website says they want to bring more attention to politicians and American citizens of illegal alien crimes by giving victim’s families the chance to share their stories.

Branum’s family did just that on Friday in D.C.

For Cindy and Hugh Scalf – time has not made their daughter’s death any easier. But, they’re on a new mission to honor her.

“There’s so many people that don’t realize that they can even have a voice. They’re just stuck, like we were,” Cindy Scalf said.

They now feel their voices were heard after a trip to Washington D.C. for the Angel Family Kick Off Rally.

Other families in similar situations were by the Scalf’s side.

“He still gets to see and talk to his children while living in torment pain and anguish on a daily basis we have to wait till our own deaths to see our daughter again,” Cindy Scalf said at the rally.

Branum’s son Randy also spoke.

“At 11 years old, to me that took a lot of courage,” Cindy Scalf said.

President Trump’s aide Kellyanne Conway and Louisiana State Representative Steve Scalise were also there.

“We’re proud to be a part of Angel Families,” Cindy Scalf said.

They’re proud to stand up for a cause they believe in while hoping the man wanted for their daughter’s death gets arrested.

“Deport the ones who are criminals, and then the ones that are law abiding citizens, give them a chance to become legal,” Cindy Scalf said.

Investigators believe Mogollon-Anaya is in Mexico.

If you have any information on where he is, give the Washington County Sheriff’s Office a call.
 

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