Victoria Marten’s Heavenly Birthday Party Fit For a Princess

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.

victoria's memorial

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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  • Terri Steffes

    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.

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    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.

  • Allison

    Oh my goodness how heartbreaking. These senseless acts seem to be happening more. Thankfully I haven’t had to report abuse, but I would do it in a heartbeat!

  • Sarah Ross-Koves

    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.

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    Oh my goodness how awful. What a sad sad world we live in today. I would totally report any abuse if I ever saw fit.

  • Debra

    This is so awful, how sad that this even happens in our world. It totally breaks my heart!

  • Laura

    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.

  • Amanda Love

    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.

  • Cecilia Cannon

    what an awful and sad story. I swear so many people should not be parents and if the update is true I hope this mother rots.

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    What a heart breaking story. It is so sad that those who are supposed to be protecting our children are hurting them.

  • Jeanine

    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.

  • Amber

    This is so heartbreaking to hear. I am appalled that those blessed with children could commit such a horrific act.

  • Caitlin

    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.

  • Courteney Noonan

    This is such a heartbreaking thing to have happened but it’s such a lovely idea to go ahead with the birthday party x

  • Kristin

    I’ve lost sleep over that story. I think it’s affected all us parents so deeply. I can’t even begin to grasp the evil.

  • Amanda Rosson

    Oh my goodness, I felt sick just reading the story of what happened to this poor, sweet girl. So heartbreaking.

  • Blythe Alpern

    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.

  • Jazz

    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.

  • Jean

    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.

  • Toughcookiemommy

    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.

  • Robin Rue

    This is such a sad story. I hate to read about abuse of any kind and child abuse is even worse.

  • irina

    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.

  • Keren Charles

    This story makes me so sad. A young life taken way too soon. Praying for the family and your community.