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Police Identify 7 Slain Women Found in February

World  (tags: government, New Mexico, police, crime, death, murder, drugs, prostitution, women, sadness )

- 3628 days ago -
(CNN) -- New Mexico authorities have identified seven of 11 slain women whose remains were discovered several months ago in shallow graves in west Albuquerque, but have yet to identify a suspect in their killings, police told CNN on Thursday.


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Dee C (23)
Thursday July 9, 2009, 3:25 pm
" A dozen victims -- 11 women and the unborn child of one of them -- were found on a 92-acre parcel west of the city in February, police said.

Albuquerque police spokesman John Walsh said Thursday that police were considering all the deaths homicides, and believe they are linked because of the proximity of where the bodies were buried and how they were buried.

"It's ... likely that the same individual committed the same crimes," he said, "But we have to leave all possibilities open."

The victims were linked through drugs and prostitution, he said.

Police identified the eight women as Victoria Chavez, Michelle Valdez, Veronica Romero, Cinnamon Elks, Julie Nieto, Doreen Marquez and Monica Diana Candelaria."

Stephanie M (218)
Thursday July 9, 2009, 7:38 pm
A story that keeps repeating itself. These women were walking victims with no protection from anyone. Maybe legalised brothels are safer for these women. Very sad.

BernadetteP P (72)
Friday July 10, 2009, 9:40 am
tant is terrible de thank you

Vicki Love (45)
Friday July 10, 2009, 12:43 pm
When will we wake up to the fact that prostitution isn't really a crime? It is exploitation of young women with no means to help themselves. This is shameful and the Albuquerque police ought to be ashamed for not reporting on this sooner.

Mandi T (367)
Friday July 10, 2009, 12:55 pm
Tx Dee

Dee C (23)
Friday July 10, 2009, 1:40 pm
It is no life for any woman to have to go through..and then to have it end like this is even sadder..

I agree on the late reporting in this news..Not sure why it wasn't reported immediately..In any event it is a terrible shame..

Jack Spratt (46)
Friday July 10, 2009, 4:10 pm
Heart stopping sadness at this news. It seems so many of our efforts towards the "War On Drugs" are misplaced; if we heal the need the source will die. The economoy of prostituion is often equally to provide for children who otherwise would starve to death . . . and I would ask where we be a year from now? Prostituting ourselves to one another? What else will provide us food and shelter? The "Powers That Be" especially Berny Madoff (sp?) have put us here and where is he going; to a 'country club' for the rest of his life and his wife retains his ill gotten gains? Why? What laws are just or injust for us????

David Gould (155)
Friday July 10, 2009, 5:21 pm
All forms of exploitation are a form of abuse. But it is poverty that drives these women to desperate ends. Poverty is still the greatest killer in the a world of plenty the have nots just got poorer. how sad is that and what does it tell us about ourselves?

Carrie B (306)
Saturday July 11, 2009, 4:03 am
It is of little consolation for the victims or their families, but for of those of you outside of NM, it is believed that the murderer of these women is he himself dead.

Dee C (23)
Saturday July 11, 2009, 4:43 am
Thanks Carrie..for the update on any information in this..No I wouldn't imagine it makes the families feel any better in their loss..But if that is least he can't hurt anyone anymore..
Very sad for these women..

Winefred M (88)
Saturday July 11, 2009, 3:16 pm
Sadly noted.

Shirley H (49)
Saturday July 11, 2009, 3:37 pm
Sadly noted.
Shirley H.

johnnie W (23)
Sunday July 12, 2009, 10:43 am
Such a shame, who knows what potentiality might have been lost forever. I do understand that its a viscous cycle, and very hard to break. So were are all the guys and women who fight abortion so hard? Are they there with a helping hand, money, food, a way out for these women and kids, sadly No, they are not and they never will be expect to stand back and talk about how bad it is to have abortion. I do not believe in abortion, but I do believe in the God given right for each women to decided what is best for her. I don't think that the killer had any right to kill them either. But he did. I hope he has meet his just rewards, in hell, and that he will not hurt again. But still there has to be a way for these mothers to get what help they need without Turning to drugs, and prostitution.

Dee C (23)
Sunday July 12, 2009, 4:03 pm
This story is about drugs and prostitution..not sure where or why the issue of abortions comes in..

In any event it is very sad that these women were involved in such a sad life and that they were killed..


Vanda H (459)
Monday July 13, 2009, 2:03 pm
Noted..Thanks Dee
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