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Thursday Funeral for West Mesa Victim

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A funeral service and burial of one of the 11 women whose remains were unearthed on the Southwest Mesa will be held Thursday in Albuquerque.


Juliean Nieto was 23 when she disappeared, and she was reported missing in 2004.
Another woman whose remains were discovered among the group, Veronica Romero, was laid to rest Tuesday.
Nieto’s funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at Legacy Church, 7201 West Central. Her burial will follow at San Jose de Armijo Cemetery near Coors and Arenal SW.
Nieto’s family, in an obituary published this week, described Nieto as a “beautiful and devoted daughter, loving mother and a beloved friend” who “enjoyed sewing, cooking and music.”
In a March interview with the Journal during a remembrance for the victims, Nieto’s mother, Eleanor Griego, said Julie Nieto “was a great mother.”
“She loved (her son),” Griego said at the time. “She would not let anybody touch him.”
She described a “sweet girl” overcome by drug addiction.
When Griego was interviewed, Nieto’s remains had yet to be turned over to her family. Only then, she said, would there be some closure.
“I’m glad they found them because at least we will have closure once we put her to rest,” Griego said at the time.
Nieto was among 11 whose remains were unearthed from shallow graves after a woman walking her dog in February found what turned out to be a human bone at the site near 118th and Dennis Chavez SW.
Police are continuing their investigation.

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