Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) April 22, 2009 -- It's nothing short of a gigantic nightmare, when you live in the same area, have the same name and are a similar age, to an alleged murderer and rapist. Particularly when both women are Sunday school teachers and have five-year-old daughters. The women even have a similar appearance when viewed from a distance. Melissa Huckaby has had her life threatened. The twenty-eight year-old can't wait for the media wild storm surrounding eight year-old Sandra Cantu's murder, to disappear so she can get her life back.
Sandra Cantu was allegedly raped and murdered by a mother of one of her playmates. The 29 year-old granddaughter of a pastor was charged, after Sandra's body was found in a suitcase that had been dumped into a pond, merely a few miles from her home, in the Northern Californian city of Tracy. Melissa Huckaby (one), is now sitting in a California jail, after grabbing headlines last week. Before her arrest she was living with her grandparents.
A second Melissa Huckaby, living close to the town of Tracy, was misidentified by an east coast newspaper and KTVU-TV. Cyndi Huckaby, mother of Melissa (two) said, "They began running our daughter's photo with their story, lifted from the Manteca Melissa Huckaby's MySpace account".
The second Melissa has closed her My Space account after receiving hate mail and death threats. Melissa's parents have received hundreds of phone calls from journalists, as they search for the family of the murder suspect.
Melissa (two) will not be putting her photograph and identity back on any social network for a very long time. "You canât take even your own personal identity for granted, because it could be snatched away from you,â a tearful Huckaby said. She has not even received so much as a traffic ticket up until this point in time. Now, overnight she has become a suspected murder and rapist. ââNot the kind of 15 minutes of fame I would ever wish on anybody".
Second Melissa and her family are asking the media to help in putting the word out about the misidentification. They just want the death threats to stop and to be left to get on with their lives.
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