ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — She comes here every day to sit with her daughter, buried in this cemetery in a spot where the grass has not yet grown over the scars in the earth.
“I just think here,” Sandra Gutierrez says.
Ayleen Vanessa Ordoñez – just Vanessa to her friends and family – was 16 when she was shot and run over Aug. 26 at a large river party in Rio Communities. Investigators still have not said whether the bullet or the bumper came first. No arrests have been made.
For six months, Gutierrez spent entire days at the cemetery. Only in the past two months has she torn herself away long enough to deal with her retail business for a few hours each day.