Victoria Martens was a 10-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was no different than most young girls her age – she loved gymnastics, church, the movie Frozen and the colour purple. Former peers and classmates of Victoria’s say that she would always welcome in anyone who needed a friend. The little girl’s gymnastics coach remembers her as happy, friendly and outgoing – always eager to lend a helping hand to her teammates. To Victoria’s grandparents, she was the love of their life.
An excited Victoria was looking so forward to her 10th birthday party. Tragically, one day before her party was set to take place, the little girl’s life was stolen. She would never get the chance to celebrate her 10th birthday, and will never have another birthday at all.
Law Enforcement found the dismembered body of Victoria Martens in the bathtub of her mother’s apartment – wrapped in a blanket, and still on fire. The child had been drugged with methamphetamine, raped, strangled and stabbed.
Victoria’s mother, 35-year-old Michelle Martens, had been soliciting men online and at work to sexually abuse and rape her daughter. One of these men – who would be the last – was her boyfriend, 31-year-old Fabian Gonzales. Following the murder, Michelle told police that she allowed her daughter to be raped because she enjoyed watching. Also involved in Victoria’s savage slaying was Gonzales’ cousin, Jessica Kelley. All three have been charged with the horrific crime.
After the news broke of Victoria’s death, thousands of people got together to attend an enormous birthday bash for the girl whose life was cut short. Prayer vigils were held all over the country.
Rest in Peace, birthday girl. ♥
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