Hispanic Group Wants Apology from Bride

AP, May 3

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.—An advocacy group for Hispanics is demanding an apology from the bride-to-be who skipped town days before her lavish wedding and falsely claimed she had been abducted by a Hispanic man.

The president of the group Hispanics Across America said Jennifer Wilbanks’ cover story before admitting to a case of cold feet endangered Hispanic males across the country and contributed to bias.

“While I understand this is a troubled woman, we cannot and will not stand for any racial stereotyping of Hispanics as criminals and thugs,” Fernando Mateo said.

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Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said he has also received numerous complaints from members of the community about Wilbanks’ false accusation against a fictitious Hispanic male.

“They’re asking, ‘What would’ve happened if the Albuquerque police had located this fake couple?’ An unknown Hispanic male all of a sudden becomes the bogeyman,” he said.

In addition to demanding an apology, Mateo said he would like Wilbanks to perform community service in a Hispanic neighborhood as part of any possible punishment.

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