We are at an absolute loss. A New Mexico Girl named Victoria Martens was found drugged, raped, stabbed, and lit on fire on her 10th b-day — a brutal murder that was allegedly committed by her mother and her mother’s BF. The horrific act has been described as the ‘most gruesome act of evil.’ Get the heartbreaking details here.
On her 10th birthday, a day that should have been filled with happiness and joy, Victoria Martens was found dead in her family’s New Mexico apartment by Albuquerque police officers, her dismembered remains wrapped in a burning blanket. Details of what New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and law enforcement officials described as an “unspeakable crime” emerged on Aug. 25.
These details came from a criminal complaint that was made public and filed against the girl’s mother, her boyfriend, and his cousin. The three were taken into custody late at night on Aug. 24. Before dawn that same day, a caller told a police dispatcher that there was a disturbance in the apartment, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr., said.
The officers who responded to the call were greeted by a truly gruesome scene once they entered the apartment complex. Police say Victoria was injected with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted, strangled, and stabbed before being dismembered. SO tragic. “This homicide is the most gruesome act of evil I have ever seen in my career,” Chief Gorden said. “A complete disregard of human life.”
We are heartbroken as we mourn the murder of beautiful 10yr old Victoria Martens. Give your kids an extra hug tonight. #justiceForVictoria
— Mayor Richard Berry (@Mayor_Berry) August 25, 2016
The parents of Victoria Martens are vicious, disgusting, pathetic excuse of people. This is disgusting. Truly heart breaking.
— Dizzle (@Isabelequintero) August 25, 2016
#VictoriaMartens deserved more. I can’t believe such heinous acts of violence could be done to a 10 year old girl.
— philicia j (@philicix) August 25, 2016
— Erica Zucco (@ericazucco) August 26, 2016
— Gabrielle Burkhart (@gburkNM) August 26, 2016
The whole Victoria Martens situation sickens me, how could people do that to a baby girl.
— Kalin (@KalinG_) August 25, 2016
After reading the story about that sweet 10 yr old Victoria Martens, my heart is truly broken. I’m at a loss of words.
— Julia Paterson (@JBalllla) August 25, 2016
I’m heartbroken over the horrific murder of Victoria Martens, senseless and unconscionable. May God bless that little girl.
— Terri Cole (@TerriCole3) August 25, 2016
The girl’s mother, Michelle Martens, 35, her 31-year-old boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, and his cousin, Jessica Kelley, 31, face charges of child abuse resulting in death, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence. Fabian and Jessica have also been charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor while Michelle, who also has a younger son, has maintained her innocence.
Michelle allegedly told police that her boyfriend drugged Victoria in order “to calm her down” so that he and Jessica could have sex with her. The child was then reportedly injected with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted, strangled, and then stabbed before being dismembered and set on fire in a bathtub. Some of her remains were found in a plastic bag in a hamper near the kitchen, reported The Albuquerque Journal, citing court records.
By the morning of Aug. 25, a makeshift shrine for the little girl had emerged underneath a tree at the apartment complex — with relatives and friends leaving flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, and lit candles. People have also taken to Twitter to express their grievances and outrage over what happened. There really are no words. Thankfully Victoria’s younger brother has been removed from that household.
Our hearts go out to Victoria’s loved ones. HollywoodLifers, please express your condolences below.