My cover story on the Ayala arrest is out today. If you haven’t picked up a print copy, you can read it online here. The print is worth it for the two illustrations, though, one of which you see here.
If you’ve been following along on the blog, you won’t see a whole lot of new information — I felt keeping people informed as I went was the right thing to do in this case.
There are a few things to add or reiterate at this point, though.
First, for those first visiting the blog and looking for the police report, it’s here. Expect explicit language.
Second, I said a few things in the story were “as of press time” which for the UP typically means Friday at 5 p.m. Those things are still true today: Ayala hasn’t been bailed out and hasn’t contacted us about visitation. A week and a half after his arrest, it’s probably safe to say he doesn’t want to talk to anybody.
Third, the public defender’s office got back to me and pretty much told me they can’t get back to me. Yet.
From an e-mail with the chief of the felony division: “At this time we have not received authorization to disclose anything about this client or his case, but I have forwarded your e-mail to the attorney assigned.”
So that’s that, for now. I’ll be attending the court hearing in May if possible, and this case will be followed, but for now, there’s not a whole lot more to say, news-wise.
But I’d like to briefly address some of the attitudes and beliefs I’ve seen in the comments. I’m not going to slog through them and directly address specific people, especially since most of you post anonymously and/or as multiple people, but a couple of points.
First, I’ve heard and read that Pikes have a reputation for date-rape and other things, in the comments here and on that sleazy JuicyCampus site (and the site that replaced it, CollegeACB). For me, this is all hearsay, especially since it’s anonymous. But all rumors start somewhere, and my best guess is they’re sourced from when Pikes were banned from FSU, and also other instances where Pikes were banned from Northern Arizona and UF. It could also be based on gossipy retellings of personal interactions, but I don’t know anything about those.
I’m not trying to make a case about Pikes. That would take a lot of fallacious reasoning. I’m not attacking or defending them. I’m just reporting about Chris Ayala, who is a Pike and was an SG treasurer. Those are the things he’s known at FAU for, as an individual.
This story isn’t about exploiting Student Government or Pi Kappa Alpha or pointing fingers and saying “these guys are like this.” I hope people realize what we’re trying to do is describe a person and an event, not make a generalization. To the extent I tried to talk to people in SG or PKA for this story, it was to find out what kind of guy Ayala was from the people who knew him.
And it turns out people haven’t got much to say besides “I’m shocked” and “he was a hard worker.” That’s OK. But the point was to represent Ayala as accurately and clearly as possible, not to indict anyone or imply dark associations. What you read into the story is up to you.
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