Raymond Morua

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Raymond Morua

Morua Films PSA Against Drunk Driving

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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As part of the plea deal he struck last month, Raymond Morua agreed to participate in an anti-drunk driving PSA, and on Friday, TV Santa Barbara filmed an interview with him about the dangers of the crime that killed Mallory Dies and sent Morua to prison for 20 years to life. Mallory’s father, Matt, said the PSA is a collaboration between TVSB, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and Vow4Mal, an anti-drinking and driving awareness group created by Mallory’s friends and family after her death.

The television spot may also feature comments from himself, his wife, Cottage Hospital trauma surgeons, and Santa Barbara police officers, said Matt. The details are still being worked out. Morua’s interview was unscripted, Matt continued, explaining the organizers wanted honest reactions from the former congressional aid. The taping took place at County Jail, and Morua will soon to be transferred to Wasco State Prison. It’s not clear when the PSA will be broadcast.

“We’re strange bedfellows,” admitted Matt of Vow4Mal’s relationship with Morua. And though he killed Mallory, Morua may help save lives in the future, Matt explained before crediting defense attorney Darryl Genis with coming up with the PSA idea.

Matt said Vow4Mal has been gaining a lot of traction in recent weeks and months, and is partnering with Project Safer’s Be The DD program on September 25-27. For more information, visit the Vow4Mal Facebook page. If you’re interested in volunteering for the weekend event, email


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Sorry, he is at minute 18 out of 15.

He deserves no glamor or last word here.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2014 at 11:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Most of these commercials fall on deaf ears when it comes to the Drinking public because they would rather watch or hear a spot on more of their poison of choice than the inevitable outcome of their addiction but Hey, that's America!

dou4now (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm with J_A on this one. Any organization that is using this butt head should also be ignored. Better would be a story about how this guy was shunned and in spite of offering to do a PSA was turned down and told to instead rot anonymously in jail.

nomoresanity (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2014 at 2:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I know Raymond, and despite all the deserved hate coming his way for his stupid and horrible acton, he is a good person. He served in the military and came home injured in ways others cannot understand. This does not excuse what he did.

That he is trying to do something positive from this, as a warning to others and as his own penance for something he has to live with for his life, is a good thing.

I only hope that the bartenders who served him when he was already drunk, or those who send others out with an extra drink, also think about their role and responsibility for drunk drivers.

wallymoon (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

At least he still has apologists in this town...kinda creepy really...
I only think about taking responsibility for my own actions and not blaming anyone and everyone else.

nomoresanity (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2014 at 6:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So good to see such perfect upstanding citizens in this comment section who have never made a mistake and have always done everything right. This was made at the family's request and part of his plea bargain. He's not doing this for glamour or a last word. To blame only him in this mess is to miss a chance for all of us to learn. Many mistakes were made by all and this was the awful snowball effect that resulted from the over drinking of one and failure to recognize his alcoholism, his family and friends for being enablers of his disease, his employer for not properly conducting background checks and putting him in situations where it is expected he drink, and the bartenders that over served him. Of course when all is said and done he is at fault but we can all learn something from this. We all play a part in everyones lives surrounding us. We are supposed to be our brothers keeper. Lately we have not been doing that very well in this country and that is why we are falling apart at the seams. Take care of each other. Watch out for each other.

Jiggidy (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2014 at 11:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dou4Now,Wallymoon, and Jiggidy all make good points.

We live in a culture that enables alcohol, and I notice the irony that The Independent has not stepped up and expressed remorse for their role in having a no host party that served him alcohol the night he killed Dies, but that's no surprise considering that they are a running ad for the alcohol industry and are owned by the same.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2014 at 12:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I blame the man.
I do not drink and drive and I have never killed anyone.
The rest of you can blame society if you like and continue to preside over things going to hell instead of making jerks like this solely liable.
I will continue to work to change society so that we are less tolerant of morons like this multiple time loser AND to stop tacitly condoning and making excuses for deviant behavior like drunk driving.
This includes the glorification(vs use) of alcohol across our culture.
This includes understanding that a wine bar in the funk zone gets you just as drunk as shots at Mel's.
This includes having feeble idiots like Capps perform background checks like the public sector does.
Society WILL NEVER change if we keep making excuses for people like dear Raymond.

nomoresanity (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2014 at 6:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

interesting how there's civil conversation that addresses more than just two sides of this story; in several comments we've addressed the user/individual, the culture and the industry. subsequently i think we can acknowledge there's some culpability at each level.

yet any time there's a conversation about mass shootings things turn into a binary shouting match with both sides anchored in a wildly emotional argument.

why is this?

StockiestCastle (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2014 at 9:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Morua made many grievous mistakes that night, starting with the first drink. There are a million people who do that every day, mostly they dodge the bullet and get to go sleep it off. Mallory herself was a bartender and served alcohol to lots of people not knowing what they were going to do when they went out the door. Hers was one of many deaths attributable to alcohol, though it was Morua's drunkenness that killed her. I noticed that the day after her death her Facebook page still had a photo showing her with a big armful of empty booze bottles, probably from the bar where she worked.

I do see a strange but perhaps positive thing here with Raymond, sober, obviously deeply regretting and deploring everything he did that night -- wanting to do what he can to help educate against doing what he did; and Richard Martinez, father of one of the Isla Vista victims, meeting with and working with Peter Rodger, father of the killer, as they've both lost their young sons. I see it as a good thing when the surviving people on both sides of a tragedy can unite to try to solve some of our deep social problems.

Ibid (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2014 at 9:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, let them unite, but let's not put it on tv. 'his employer for not properly conducting background checks and putting him in situations where it is expected he drink,' Baloney, when is it 'expected' that one drink? I can go to a bar and get a soda. This guy still can't fully own it and people still making excuses for him, deplorable.

spacey (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2014 at 12:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe they did do a background check. Maybe there is a lot more in his background than DUIs. My best employee is an Iraq war vet who informed me of his DUI on his application form, and I hired him anyway because of his skills and based on my assessment during the interview. He is level-headed, reliable, smart, honest and very likable person. He still drinks socially, moderately, and is careful not to drive afterward.

Ibid (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2014 at 3:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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