Osvaldo Rivera, 35, of Camden, New Jersey, was sentenced to 110 years in prison after breaking into a home and raping a 12-year-old girl and murdering her 6-year-old brother, who desperately tried to save her, according to the Mirror. It was approximately 2:30 a.m. on September 2, 2012, when Amber Andujar had just fallen asleep on the couch. It was her birthday, and the excitement of turning 12 kept her up later than usual.
However, she was later awoken by a cold knife to her throat held by Rivera, who had broken into her home and began raping her. Her loud screams had woken her brother, Dominick, who was asleep in the adjacent room. Dominick desperately tried to save his sister but was overpowered by the attacker.
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Rivera slit the young boys’ throat just after slitting Amber’s throat so deep that “her vocal cords were exposed.” Her brother’s heroic gesture to save her allowed her to “wiggle free” from Rivera and run outside for help. But she didn’t get far as she collapsed in the middle of the street, lying in her own pool of blood.
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Paramedics later arrived at the scene and rushed the young girl to a local hospital. She survived the attack, but, unfortunately, 6-year-old Dominick Andujar was found dead in his home with defense wounds on his fingers from trying to fight Rivera, who was nowhere to be found, according to the New York Daily News.
After undergoing two operations, Amber was able to leave the hospital a month later and help Camden police officers find her attacker. She told them that she knew of the man because he used to cut the children’s hair in the neighborhood.
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Rivera was arrested and later found guilty of “11 counts including murder, attempted murder, and aggravated sexual assault.”
“There is no sentence or punishment harsh enough for this amoral individual,” added Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson. “The name that people should remember is that of Dominick Andujar, the 6-year-old murder victim who saved his 12-year-old sister’s life through one of the most heroic acts of self-sacrifice that I have ever known.”
“Dominick will always be remembered as Camden’s littlest hero.”
“Today I stand here as a survivor,” Amber said in court. “Even though he took part of me away, in the end, you did not win.”
Her mother said, “I want this animal to suffer. “He deserves to fear for his life, like my children did in their own home.”
“Grown men wouldn’t do what Dominick did that day. He’s our soldier and will forever be in our hearts until the day we die,” Amber said outside of court.
Osvaldo Rivera was sentenced on Thursday to 110 years in prison, and he will not be eligible for parole until after 91 years.
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