On September 5th, 2015, India Kager, a 27-year-old Navy veteran and a postal employee from College Park, Md., was sitting in a car in a Virginia Beach, Virgina's 7-11 parking lot, with her boyfriend, Angelo Perry. Seated in the back of the vehicle was their 4-month-old son, Roman. The occupants of the vehicle were about to find themselves the target of 30 rounds of ammunition fired from the weapons of police.
According to authorities, Perry was a person of interest in a local homicide. Virginia Beach authorities also said they had information that alleged that Perry was going to commit a violent crime, but they didn't know when. They say that same intel lead them to believe Perry was armed at the time he was in the vehicle with India Kager. This latter affirmation by police is the reason they say they put a tail on India Kager’s vehicle.
Police followed the car, driven by Kager with Perry in the passenger's seat, to a 7-11 at Lynnhaven Parkway and Salem Road. That’s when police approached the car—whereupon, they say, Perry produced a firearm and fired at the officers. It was then that officers say they started firing rounds into the vehicle, killing both Perry and Kager but leaving the baby uninjured in the backseat. Police said they didn't notice the baby until after they were trying to treat Perry and Kager for their multiple gunshot wounds. Shortly after the killings, the four unnamed officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave.
In December Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera gave an update on the horrific incident. He said that a ballistics investigation showed that guns recovered from Perry were used in four violent crimes within several months, including two homicides.
Cervera concluded the shooting of India Kager was accidental.
Kager’s Mother Gina Best and a lot of other folks are not buying the “accidental” explanation for her daughter’s death and its not hard to see why they denounce the shooting of India Kager as an accident.
Someone made a decision to fire thirty rounds into India's vehicle with three occupants inside with the intent of only hitting Angelo Perry but hit India in the process. Bullets finding India were not accidental - that's carelessness, craziness and a disregard for human life. If one sharp shooter had taken aim at an intended target in that vehicle and that shot had gone awry - and hit India - the accident angle Cervera is pushing might fly - but that's not what happened.
The details authorities share publicly paints Angelo Perry as an alleged certified bad guy. (Alleged you armchair detectives and self-appointed executioners) - a jury hadn’t found Perry guilty of anything the Chief alleged.
This incident has brought victim blamers in full force. I read too many opinions and assertions suggesting In India Kager was responsible for own death.
They purport Kager knew the alleged intentions of Perry when he got in her vehicle. These same victim blamers point to the fact that Perry had a documented criminal history and charge that Kager should have known about it and avoided him in the first place. To the first charge, I submit; "What if she did?" "What if she didn't find out until he got in the car?" Nobody knows what India knew but India and if she knew anything that still didn't make her guilty of anything.
To the charge that India should've known about Perry's criminal history and avoided getting involved with him, I submit that nobody knows how much Kager knew about Perry after being involved with him for about 15 months and if she did it didn't give her any insight into what his future endeavors might be. The thing no one can gloss over is India Kager did nothing to warrant the signing, sealing, and delivering of her death warrant by those officers that fired upon her vehicle.
Let's look at a tell tale sign that something may have been going on inside Kager's vehicle before it stopped at the 7-ll.
Police say while following the vehicle they observed it being driven erratically.That would suggest something possibly going on with the driver. Maybe she was upset or distracted by an argument or event going on inside the vehicle. The possibility of her not wanting to be in the vehicle at that time is not too far fetched of a thought to grasp. It hasn’t been reported anywhere where authorities considered that Kager may have been in a hostage role in that vehicle.
If authorities believed Perry to be the bad guy they said and they knew Kager had no criminal history then why didn't the possibility that Perry could have been holding Kager against her will come into the investigative equations?
That possibility would certainly have changed the attempted apprehension tactics police used. We’ll one would hope it would have changed their tactics.
Then there is the question of:
“Why did Police shoot one time, let alone thirty times into a vehicle that had a baby inside - a baby that by their actions (not their admission) they had to know was in the vehicle.
Gina Best believes the Police knew a baby was in the vehicle. And I can see why she believes that.
If Police had targeted India's vehicle for surveillance then that would have put her under the same surveillance. No reports have been issued yet confirming the initiation time and place of the surveillance on the vehicle. But if police were watching India on-premise she would lead them to Perry then they would be watching her before she got in the vehicle - meaning they had to see her put the baby in the car.
Now about this Intel on Angelo Perry. If Police had the intel on Perry they say they had then they knew there was a real possibility that he would resist with force if they confronted him. Armed with that Intel, why did they confront him in the present of innocent citizens and while he was in vehicle with an innocent woman and her child?. If Police had the Intel on Krager they say they did then they knew she had nothing to do with his nefarious activities. Why chance getting her caught in a confrontational crossfire?
Then there is the place where the Police chose to confront Perry at. It happened outside the 7-Eleven at the corner of Lynnhaven Parkway and Salem Road. There is a catch 22 to the incident happening here. One - 7-11 is a public establishment and initiating a shootout in or around it endangered the lives of anyone that may have been patronizing the establishment. Two- and this is a good one - the premises of some 7-11s are recorded by security cameras. This one was.
Video? Oh well, we’ll find out what happened and get some answers. Not so. Seven Eleven people say cops took the recording and they didn't get it back. As of the date of this blog post that recording has not been publicly released.
Police say that they were fired upon by Perry. They say one of Perry’s “alleged” rounds went through one officer’s clothing. I’m sure that one piece of clothing is another element of this incident that Ms. Best and a plethora of others want examined by sources not related to the authorities involved.
A lot of onlookers charge the death of India Kager to Angelo Perry, who also as hard as it is for some to come to terms with, was a victim of the Police’s volley of bullets that were fired into the vehicle. But to those that try to pin the death of India Kager on Angelo Perry, your assertions are fallacies spewed to distract and divert attention away from the questions Ms. Best and an honestly concerned public has a right to know.
Angelo Perry didn’t shoot India Kager. The police did - they admit they did.
All Gina Best and a lot of other folks deserve to do know is why they killed India Kager.
Don’t leave Gina Best out here by herself in her quest for answers. Her daughter is dead - keep the quest for answers and closure alive.
Hear this then support this Mother's plea for answers and justice.
Gina deserves answers as to why she can never be in another photo like this one.