Yeah, I knew it was coming, but it's like being drafted. I got tagged to cover the candle vigil for David Gonzales. This one is not in Lemiert Park. It's out at Lake Elsinore. It's at least as far as Big Bear and maybe further. We can get a microwave signal out from there. No SAT truck needed.
I guess I can't complain. I want to. I really want to, but a drive all the way to Lake Elsinore is a minor inconvenience.
I'd been pretty lucky in that I hadn't had to interview any of the family members myself. It's difficult. The sadness weighs very heavy. The limited english spoken by the father in this case makes it even more difficult. I can tell by the way he talks in Spanish to the crew from Channel 52, he's naturally more at ease speaking in his native language.
Why do we talk to family members in times like these?
It's not a question of why we do what we do. It's our job to cover a story to the fullest extent possible. I will NEVER avoid making the attempt to interview a family member (More on this later. It deserves a full post). I will be respectful and readily accept their request to not be interviewed.
To me, it's a question of why do people talk to the media? I believe the answer is that you never really know what will work to bring back your child. An emotional plea made to the public might make a difference. No one wants to feel as if they didn't do absolutely every last possible thing in getting their child back.