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Woman charged with murder after wife stabbed to death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Police Department detectives have charged a woman in the fatal stabbing of her wife in their West Side home Friday morning.


Tammy Archibeque, 45 (MDC)

Tammy Archibeque, who also goes by Tammy Mae Montoya Ramirez, was arrested on unrelated charges Saturday and booked into the county jail. She was charged with murder and tampering with evidence on Tuesday.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, 45-year-old Archibeque and her wife of three years, Esperanza Ramirez, had been sharing a house with Ramirez’s father, Eddie Ramirez, in the 900 block of Vesuvius NW, near Ladera and Arroyo Vista.

Eddie Ramirez was the one who found his daughter dead in a bedroom there, covered in blankets with a knife next to her. He called his sister who then called the police.

Eddie Ramirez declined to talk with the Journal Tuesday, but according to the complaint, he said the couple had been planning on moving into their own apartment soon.

He said the last time he talked to his daughter was Thursday evening and around 9:30 a.m. Friday he heard a scream coming from the bedroom, but he wasn’t immediately alarmed.

A short time later, Archibeque passed through the kitchen and told him the couple had been fighting all night.

Eddie Ramirez said he then got a text message from the cellphone Esperanza Ramirez and Archibeque shared that read “sorry Dad sorry baby I can’t take it anymore I have to get away be safe…”

At that point he went into the bedroom and found his daughter dead.

When detectives arrived they performed a test that detects and reveals blood even if it’s been washed off and they found blood in the bathroom sink, bathtub and clothing that was left in the shower.

A medical investigator found Esperanza Ramirez had been stabbed twice in the heart and her death was a homicide, according to the complaint.

On Monday detectives were told Archibeque had been taken into custody over the weekend on a felony narcotics warrant.

When they called Eddie Ramirez to tell him, he said he had just found his daughter’s journal and it had multiple entries about how scared she was of Archibeque and how verbally abusive she was.

Detectives attempted to interview Archibeque at the jail, but she refused to exit her cell.

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