A Heavenly Birthday Party fit for a Princess
This September, a brutal and senseless murder took place right here in my hometown! Albuquerque Police Department responded to a 911 domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex where a 10 years old girl was found murdered in her home. As the story unfolded, the details became more and more heinous.
Her teachers, friends, and neighbors were questioned whether there were signs of child abuse. They told police that Victoria was known around school and in her apartment complex as a friendly, happy little girl often seen playing with her friends in the community.
Update: There is a developing story that the mother had used her daughter on two other occasions to solicit sex to strangers.
Support from the community flooded a memorial for Victoria Martens under a tree at her apartment complex. When the community heard that Victoria was killed the day after her 10th birthday and won’t be attending her own birthday party, they put together a party fit for a princess. Victoria Martens was remembered the Sunday following her death when the Albuquerque community came together to host the birthday party she never had at a local park where more than 2,000 people on Facebook planned to attend. At Mariposa Park, people gathered with balloons and stuffed animals as they remembered Victoria’s life. The community released purple balloons and blew bubbles up to heaven and later, the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to beautiful Princess Victoria, her life cut too short.
Child abuse is serious and reporting it can save many lives. Reporting child abuse is anonymous and it is your choice to leave your information for officials to follow up with you about your concerns. All reports are taken seriously, no matter how small you think the matter is because you may not be the first person that has filed a report. You may also call your local police department to have them conduct a walfare check.
You can get more information about filing a report in your state on Child Welfare Information Gateaway’s website here, or you can call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)
Have you ever had to call and report an abuse? What were your experiences?
I would love to hear from you!