As it turns out, not only is Machado crazy, but he's in this country illegally. Federal officials have issued an immigration detainer for him.
“ICE is focused on identifying, arresting and removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation's immigration laws,” a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson told ABC11.
Local investigators called it a horrific crime.
“Officers encountered the suspect holding a knife and, as reported, also holding his mother's head in the other arm,” Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said. “It's tough for the deputies. It's tough for the communities. We will be offering any of them assistance who just may need it because it was a horrific scene that first responders had to respond to.”
Wright said Machado called 911 himself around 12:45 p.m. Monday after the murder.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found Machado holding a large butcher knife and his mother on the ground missing her head. There were also two young girls on the premises, both luckily unharmed. Could this have been stopped had they not been breaking immigration laws? Who knows? But it was certainly a tragedy.