Victoria Marten’s Heavenly Birthday Party Fit For a Princess


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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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23 thoughts on “Victoria Marten’s Heavenly Birthday Party Fit For a Princess

  • January 10, 2017 at 12:05 PM
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    Yes, as a principal I often had to call in abuse, or at least, suspected abuse. The system let me down a few times but mostly it was a good thing to do. What a sweet thing for the citizens of Albuquerque to do.
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  • January 10, 2017 at 12:30 PM
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    Unfortunately, as a teacher, it’s something I had to do many times. It is tricky though because often times the system is flawed. Especially in a small county where I live.

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  • January 10, 2017 at 5:52 PM
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    This is a wonderful memorial to a young life taken too soon. We lost a student at the school where I teach in an automobile accident two years ago this week. Blessings to your community.

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  • January 10, 2017 at 6:50 PM
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    This is so awful, how sad that this even happens in our world. It totally breaks my heart!

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  • January 10, 2017 at 7:11 PM
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    Abuse can be a very hard thing to swallow, it breaks my heart every time I hear of it. This poor sweet girl. The birthday party was a beautiful memorial in her honor. I am so glad that everyone came together to do that for her.

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  • January 11, 2017 at 12:26 AM
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    It’s alarming that this is still happening at a time where we’re so advanced and “educated”. I feel sad for this little girl who could’ve done so much in her life and yet it had been cut short. Her fate was decided for her then and there. It’s heartbreaking to say the least.
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  • January 11, 2017 at 7:10 AM
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    What a heart breaking story. It is so sad that those who are supposed to be protecting our children are hurting them.

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  • January 11, 2017 at 10:33 AM
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    Wow, this is so sad. What a beautiful little tribute though, and although I cant believe it happens in our world in 2016… its beyond words.

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  • January 11, 2017 at 11:06 AM
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    This is so heartbreaking to hear. I am appalled that those blessed with children could commit such a horrific act.

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  • January 11, 2017 at 2:34 PM
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    This is an absolutely heartbreaking story. My brother and sister-in-law work for our state’s Department of Social Services and the things they see just sicken me.

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  • January 11, 2017 at 3:30 PM
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    This is such a heartbreaking thing to have happened but it’s such a lovely idea to go ahead with the birthday party x

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  • January 12, 2017 at 9:08 AM
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    I will never understand how a parent can use or abuse their children like that. What motivates them to treat this poor girl in such a fashion. It is so disturbing.

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  • January 12, 2017 at 12:27 PM
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    This is such a heartbreaking story! I am glad the community came together to honor her life and thank you for writing about this topic.

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  • January 12, 2017 at 2:16 PM
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    This is such an awful thing to happen to a little girl. This was a lovely way to celebrate her short life. May she rest in peace.

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  • January 12, 2017 at 9:10 PM
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    As an educator, I am a state mandated reporter of child abuse and have had to report it in the past. It’s so sad that children have to go through this trauma in their homes.
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  • January 16, 2017 at 10:03 AM
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    This is such a sad story. I hate to read about abuse of any kind and child abuse is even worse.

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  • January 17, 2017 at 10:29 AM
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    This is so heartbreaking. No one should be abused. Its especially sad when it happens to a poor sweet child. What a lovely way to celebrate her life.

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  • January 17, 2017 at 10:37 PM
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    This story makes me so sad. A young life taken way too soon. Praying for the family and your community.

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