A 'gentle, kind soul': 19-year-old woman ID'd in south Minneapolis homicide

A 23-year-old male suspect was arrested in Ohio


April 26, 2021

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

"Ni me lo puedo imaginar lo que están pasando los padres de la joven desde Mexico y tan lejos," ("I can't even imagine what the parents are going through from Mexico and being so far away,") said Erasto Garcia as he lit a candle for Martínez.

Yadhira Romero Martínez moved from Mexico to Minnesota in September to work and send money back home to her family.

Relatives of the 19-year-old say she left her job at Bloomington's Walmart on Thursday around 4:30 p.m. in an Uber ride-share. By Friday afternoon, police had a home in south Minneapolis cordoned off with crime tape where her body was found after someone called 911 for a welfare check.

On Sunday evening, Minneapolis police announced 23-year-old Jose Daniel Cuenca-Zuniga was arrested in Ohio on an emergency arrest warrant after fleeing Minneapolis. Investigators worked with Ohio State Highway Patrol to quickly locate and arrest the suspect within eight hours of being identified by authorities on Friday night.



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