What will become of Zeva Pacariz?

There is still no word on what will happen to Zeva Pacariz, but as Police Chief Willis stated in his press conference this morning, “Law enforcement agencies are still working to determine what the best course of action is. We want to do what is best for the community as well as the country.”

"Artist's" sketch of Cathy Day.

"Artist's" sketch of Cathy Day.

One Riverside resident, Cathy Day, who worked with Jordan O’Duffy at the IGA claimed that she talked with Zeva on many occasions. Zeva cashed her paychecks at the IGA and bought groceries there. “She bought an awful lot of matches,” Day said. “I didn’t think anything of it until I heard that you could use them for bombs. Immediately after that I thought about how Jordan had quit working at the store, and I wondered. Is this kid just like his grandma was?”

O’Duffy quit his job at the IGA without notice not long before Zeva was arrested, and despite what many in the community still seem to believe, O’Duffy is no longer a suspect in this case. He was released on the day Zeva was arrested, and according to Police Chief Willis, “No longer being investigated. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Although that is true at the moment, citizens like Cathy Day are continuing to speculate as to O’Duffy’s involvement with Zeva. “If he wasn’t working on bombs with her, then what was he doing over there? He was skipping school? He quit his job? Why else would he be spending time at a janitor’s house and not telling anyone?”

The Riverside Muslim community released a statement saying that “We do not condone terrorism or violence of any kind. If Zeva is guilty, then she should be punished according to the law. If she is innocent, then we will welcome her into our community and do everything in our power to fight for her citizenship.

Cathy Day also said of Zeva and O’Duffy, “I’m not sure what it was, but I could tell something was different about her. I knew what was wrong with O'Duffy. But Zeva was a mystery. I guess that the mystery is solved now.”

But the mystery is not solved and we urge citizens to wait to pass judgment.