Police have not released the identity of the man. If the day laborer was an illegal immigrant, as many are, there could be grave consequences for his employer.
8 USC Section 1324 calls for any person who "knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law" or "encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law" and "the offense was done for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain" and "during and in relation to which the person causes serious bodily injury to, or places in jeopardy the life of, any person, be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both; and in the case of a violation... resulting in the death of any person, be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined under title 18, or both."
Maybe you didn't catch that. The law states that if you hire an illegal alien and that alien dies while working for you, you can be punished by death. Yes, death.
Not only do prosecutors have an obligation to punish this employer for committing a crime for the purposes of gaining a commercial advantage, but they have a duty to seek the death penalty or life in prison as the law states. Let this employer serve as an example to others who would seek to violate the laws of our land!
Oh, by the way, the law also states that if anyone "aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts" they face the same penalties. We certainly hope for their case that the homeowners didn't know their contractor was using illegal alien labor, if in fact he was.
UPDATE: Tonyskansascity is reporting that the day laborer was a patron of the Westside CAN Center. We don't have to tell you what that implies. We reiterate our calls for prosecutors to seek the death penalty in this case.