ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some mourners leaving a memorial service for the daughter of Albuquerque Public Schools board candidate Peggy Muller-Aragón found fliers on their cars supporting her opponent, incumbent Kathy Korte.
“You would never think of doing that to your worst enemy,” Muller-Aragón told KOAT-TV on Monday.
Her daughter Anabelee Aragón, 30, died in a car crash Jan. 18 and services for her were held at French Funeral home on Golf Course Road in northwest Albuquerque over the weekend.
Korte wrote on her Facebook page that some of her supporters had put fliers on cars that were parked in a nearby pizza parlor, but not on cars parked at the funeral home.
She told KOB-TV Sunday that it was not her supporters’ intention to place fliers on vehicles of people attending the funeral and she questioned how anyone could assume her people did such a thing.
“My friends and I met Caleb James from Channel 4 at Peter Piper Pizza tonight so they could show him where they did put fliers on cars – a long way away from the funeral home,” Korte wrote on Facebook. “My friends nor I would NEVER put fliers on cars at a funeral home. I am horrified that anyone would be so low to accuse me and my friends of doing such a thing.”
French Funeral Home shares a parking lot with Peter Piper’s Pizza, a doctor’s office and a shopping plaza on Golf Course Road.
It’s that area that Korte says her campaign worked, but that none of her supporters put fliers on cars at the funeral home.
The Aragons say about 500 people attended the service and some had to park in areas not directly in front of the funeral home.
Attorney Michael Alarid told KOAT-TV he found a flier on his car that was parked in front of the funeral home.
A woman who said she was among those putting fliers on cars wrote on Korte’s Facebook page that Korte was not with the group distributing fliers but was at home making campaign calls.
Korte told KOAT she did not know the service was happening that day, or else she would have avoided campaigning in the area.