ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Heather Lopez was at work at the Placitas Cafe in March when a Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office detective arrived with terrible news: Something sinister had happened to her mom, brother, and mom’s boyfriend, whom she had reported missing the day before.
As soon as the detective showed Lopez a picture of her relatives’ clothing inside a truck covered in blood, she knew they were dead.
“I had to leave work. It was devastating,” Lopez said in a phone interview Thursday. “Ever since then, it’s just been a nightmare.”
More than a month later, deputies found John Santistevan, 32, Geraldine Sena, 48, and Samuel Sena, 25, buried in shallow graves in a rural area of Sandoval County after a lengthy investigation into a shocking, grisly crime.