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Cynthia Jaramillo has spent the past 17 years since she escaped from the clutches of David Parker Ray – the man dubbed the “Toy-Box Killer” – trying to piece together a life, raising her three boys in a series of apartments and motels throughout southeast Albuquerque.
Last week, her world fell apart again.
She and her three sons were displaced early Tuesday morning when fire consumed the Desert Sands Motel, where they were staying. On Wednesday morning, her oldest son, 15-year-old Ruben Ruelas, died of a gunshot wound to the head. And, hours later, his 14-year-old brother, Matthew Jaramillo, was arrested and charged with murder in a separate, high-profile case that police had been trying to solve since last week.