There is a show for every fool in this part of the country called “Southern California” and more specifically Los Angeles. Some of these fools are what are affectionately called “Armos” aka Armenian crooks and lowlifes, they can be naturally entertaining. You see one of the “stars” of this comedy is none other than Hovik Dzhuryan, and he is driving down the freeway when he has to “Slam on the brakes.” In doing so he puts into the works the land of car wrecks and those even more famous soft tissue injuries that insurance companies just don’t pay off as much as they once did, nope they don’t, they would rather pay Michael G. Hogan, Lawyer…more on him later.
Many of us motorist have seen the little shaved heads and other characteristics that I won’t go into speeding along our streets and highways in their little BMWs and Mercedes playing that annoying Middle Eastern music or the other favorite RAP with their windows open rain or shine. And then what do these special drivers like to do, slam those brakes…the species is known in the world of cops and investigators as “Armos”.
Hovik Dzhuryan is the same person who was indicted for his involvement in the Mike Yepremyan murder! For some great reading on how not to have an accident, go and review case number 10C01834 (Auto Tort-Limited). It was Dzhuryan v Bayburtyan, both of these it appears were “Armos“ at the wheels! Hovik was represented by Levon (aka “Leon”) Kirakosian, lawyer, we can all hope that Mr. Kirakosian will also represent Dzhuryan in his criminal matter, good job!
Representing Mercury Insurance on the other hand was one of the toughest defense attorneys in Southern California Michael G. Hogan. Hogan’s claim to fame is defending against FRAUD, no! Stop the presses, no not an “Armo“ fraud case? I guess from the way that Mercury defended this claim that is what they were thinking. All we can say is that from what we hear Kirakosian had met his match when Michael G. Hogan showed up. The first thing I understand is that there would be NO $25,000 award to Hovik Dzhuryan, as a matter of fact the jury came back with a verdict in less than 25 minutes, nothing, not a dime, zilch, the big razzberry for the likes of Mr. H. Dzhuryan and his wonderful lawyer Kirakosian.
Well it was just another dismal day in Department #3, this is the court of the Honorable Judge John P. Doyle. What was the upside of all this? Mercury Insurance got to keep their $25,000 and their in-house Special Investigations Unit (aka FRAUD unit) had “bagged” another “Armo,“ Hovik Dzhuryan.
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This video is in Mike native tongue of Armenian. I was sent the translation but I believe it needs none. The music and images speak volumes to our hearts. This song was written by one of Mike’s relatives, the number one song composer in Armenia.
Mike changed lives, he gave so much in his nineteen years and he continues to change lives daily. I can’t help but stop to think how much more Mike had to give all of us if he had lived. The world is a better place for Mike being here but it could have been so much more if Mike had not been murdered.
In my communications and talks with Mike’s family, today they still speak of Mike in the current tense. “Rose you know my boy will be twenty this Friday”, “My wife everyday sees something she wants to buy for Mike knowing he will love it”. The current tense and the frozen in time is what caused tears to flow freely as I listened to his parents. We pledge to continue to remember Mike and to support his loved ones in their quest for justice.
The investigation and charging the people who killed him over a text message has stalled. It is easy to say, “hey just one more of many murders here in L. A. county, we just don’t have the funds or the man hours to hunt these people down or build the case it would need to convict them”. If anyone deserves that extra time, care, funds to solve this and bring those to justice who did this, it is Gombert, Mike, Yepremya.
I hope each of you will contact the media in your home town to ask why? If not for Mike then who in our country is deserving of justice? Contact the national media, Keith Olbermann at Countdown@msnbc.com, Rachael Maddow at Rachel@msnbc.com and Lawrence O’Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org of MSNBC, their email address, blogs and twitter accounts can be found on the MSNBC pages. Contact Anderson Cooper of CNN or Dr. Santa Gupta and ask if not Mike then who deserves justice. For once I say contact Fox News if you have a favorite person you watch on their news. Contact Jerry Brown’s office in Sacramento California, and the D. A. for Los Angeles County. It takes but just a minute to say that Mike gave so much too so many and if not for Mike then who is deserving of justice in our country?
When you think life is overcoming you, or you are angry at someone, put it in the larger picture and realize what most of us face everyday is nothing compare to what Mike’s parents and loved ones face daily.
I leave you with this picture of Mike and his parents in such a happy time, and a list of how Mike continues to impact all of our lives and that his maturity at nineteen will impact our lives for the better forever. Be an organ donor.
Each of these people listed as recipients of Mike’s gift as a donor was near death and hanging on praying for a miracle. Each was at the top of the organ donor list because of their heath deterioration and the need for an organ or tissue to literally give them the gift of life.
Gombert’s [Mike] left kidney was transplanted into a 47 year old woman in southern California. She has four children and several grandchildren. With her gift of life, she no long needs dialysis.
A 51 year old woman in southern California is the recipient of Gombert’s right kidney. She is married and the mother of seven children. This woman started dialysis in 2001 and she is now free from dialysis.
Gombert’s liver was transplanted into a 63 year old woman in southern California who is the mother of seven children. We are told that she is now doing well and can look forward to a return to health.
Gombert’s heart was transplanted into a 44 year old southern California man. We are told that he has a degree in computer science and that following his transplant, he is now doing well.
In addition Gombert’s tissue in the form of bone, skin and veins is a gift of immeasurable value as there are many thousands of people waiting for a tissue transplant that will enable them to return to a normal life. The bone tissue can restore quality of life to those that may have suffered traumatic injuries, cancerous tumors or degenerative disease. Gombert’s skin tissue can be used to fill soft tissue loss from cancer or trauma, restore bladder control in the treatment of incontinence and in periodontal surgery to correct gingival defects. His veins can help patients suffering from peripheral vascular disease. Many of these patients are at risk for amputation and this is the only remaining alternative.
A Letter From one of the recipients of Mike’s gift of life:
“I am now able to walk again and I am no longer on dialysis. I have improved so much. My seven children, twenty-five grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren are all organ donors today and all give blood the gift of life often. With this experience, we have learned a lot. My family and I have learned that we should help others. The gift of life you have given to us has changed our lives and has made us realize each of us owe so much to others, we must all be organ donors.”
On New Year’s Day on the Donate Life’s float, themed “Seize the day”, in the Rose Parade Mike will be honored for the gift of life he so unselfishly gave to others in his death. There will be a single rose and a heart felt message from his family to the world.
From a Friend of Mike’s a Beautiful poem:
I wish heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again: .
Thought of you today, but that is nothing new.:
I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too.:
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.:
All I have are memories and pictures in frames.:
Your memory is a keepsake,…from which I’ll never part….:
God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart.:
Stop for just a moment today to think and pray for Mike’s family.
Mr. and Mrs. Yepremyan, Thank you for your son who cared about others, you have changed our lives forever.
If not Mike, then who deserves justice in our country?
I found this article yesterday and of course was touched deeply again about this senseless tragedy.
Mike Yepremyan’s, former Pierce College student, murder is still at large a year later
Photographs line the walls of the Granada Hills home, of a young man with warm brown eyes and dark hair. It’s a warm Saturday afternoon. Beams of sunlight catch on the glass frames.
His bedroom is on the first floor, off the living room. It’s open and airy, with hardwood floors and a window that looks over the backyard. The bed is freshly made, clothes and other belongings tucked neatly away in the wall length closet.
The room is bright, warm, and lived in. But its former occupant, Mike Yepremyan, 19, has been dead for almost a year.
“He was a good man. Very calm, very nice boy, his first goal was to become an astronaut,” said Ani Atajyan, Yepremyan’s mother, seated on a sofa beside a photograph of her son. “He was very interested in the stars. He was always searching, searching, searching to know more, more, more. And he never gave me half his time,” she said, wringing her long, thin fingers.
His sister Christine, 6, nods, sat beside her mother clutching a Smurf plushy.
Gombert Yepremyan, known as Mike to friends and family, was killed Nov. 18 over a text message he had sent to his girlfriend Denielle Wegrzyn. He sent the text to Wegrzyn early in the evening to complain about her companion, now 21-year-old Kat Vardanian, who Yepremyan had disapproved of:
“Every time u hang out with that bitch u guys get hookah. Is there something cool bout her n hookah that u enjoy so much?” he text-ed Wegrzyn, according to the Los Angeles Times coverage of the hearing.
That text set off a chain of phone calls and text messages between Vardanian, her brother and cousin, and an unknown man, all culminating in a late-night confrontation in a Sears parking lot in North Hollywood that left Yepremyan dead, from a bullet to the brain.
The shooter, an unidentified man, and Vardanian’s cousin, 22-year old Vahagn Jurian, fled from the scene in a black BMW with no license plates later found abandoned by police.
So far, no one involved in the shooting has been convicted for Mike’s death. Vardanian, who was arrested and charged for murder nearly five months after the shooting, was dropped on murder charges during a preliminary hearing in April.
Anthony Brooklier, Vardanian’s attorney, would not return calls from a reporter. Her next hearing, on a lesser charge of conspiracy, will be in November, marking the first year anniversary of Mike’s death.
“I want her to go to jail. What else? She killed my son,” said Atajyan.
Meanwhile, Mike’s father, Art Yepremyan, has continued his own investigation into Mike’s murder with the help of a Beverly Hills private investigator, John J. Nazarian, who has been working pro bono for the Yepremyan family since last December.
“I feel like I’ve known this family for twenty years,” said Nazarian, sitting with the family in their backyard. “The only thing that Mr. and Mrs. Yepremyan did wrong was believe in the system,” he said.
…Nazarian, a third-generation Armenian, believes that the shooter and Jurian returned to the United States after fleeing the country in the days after the shooting, and are now being hidden by ‘certain elements’ of the Armenian community in California.
“Everybody in the Armenian community view these guys, Mike’s killers, as gods,” he said. “The people who did this, they’re real animals. Barbarians.”
Beside him, Art nods, eyes cast down towards his shoes.
“I don’t believe they’re gonna help,” Art, a native Armenian, said of the local communities. “They’re not gonna help, and I won’t ask them for help,” he said.
….Occasionally, he accompanies Nazarian on his investigations, serving both as translator and mediator for Nazarian, who speaks no Armenian.
The lack of closure for the Yepremyan family has left them frozen in grief. In the months after his son’s death, Art’s hair has become greyer, and he’s lost weight….
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