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Oct 14, 2020

Father of Murdered Woman Calls for Justice!

David & Marisela Gonzales

Tonight, the family of Marisela Gonzales is speaking out. The twenty-eight-year-old mother of one was killed and her body was found semi-nude at a dumpsite in San Pedro over the weekend.  Today, we spoke with Gonzales’ father via phone and he is demanding justice for his daughter. He says he is concerned that her husband will get away with her murder because of his wealth and connections. He also revealed that his daughter lived a life of abuse at the hands of her husband. Here’s what Venancio Guzman told us.


Venancio Guzman

On the Phone: Venancio Guzman, Father of Deceased [Translated]

“I don’t want things to stay like this – as if my daughter were a dog. It’s like they did something to her and when they couldn’t do anymore they disposed of her like garbage. So, what I need is justice. I want the law to give us justice and that they don’t just leave it like that because he has money or set him free because he is rich as if my daughter wasn’t worth anything. She was a young girl when she went with him. Afterwards, they got married – it’s about two years now since he married my daughter. He asked me for her hand as her husband and I gave them my blessings. I didn’t know the type of person he was. He showed a beautiful, smiling face to us. Eventually, we started to catch up because my two sons worked with him and one of them asked Mari to return with them because her husband was mistreating her. He used to even take out his gun. He didn’t care. The thing is that he treated her so badly and my son asked for her to return to live at his house that he was building. I didn’t know all of those things – until now I am finding out just how abusive her husband was to her. I used to call her every two three days and I used to ask her, ‘daughter, how are you? Are you okay?’ and she would reply, ‘yes, dad, I am ok’ but she was clearly not okay. I think he had threatened. This Sunday that he killed her, I believe she was coming from a beach somewhere in San Pedro. They were together and someone saw how he was mistreating her. She was in the back of the vehicle and he was treating her like an animal.  I think he killed her in the night – who knows what time – and then he dumped her body. I know that he was the one who did it. So, I just want that he is not in the public as a free man. I need justice because I don’t want it to be as if he didn’t do anything.”

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