Suspect in Yadhira Romero Martinez’s Death Caught In Ohio

The death of a 19-year-old woman has sent shockwaves through a close Minneapolis community, reports Marielle Mohs (2:09). WCCO 4 News At 5:30 - April 25, 2021

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JEFF WAGNER: The death of a 19-year-old woman has sent shockwaves through a close Twin Cities community.

Help and prayers are pouring in for the family of Yadhira Romero Martinez. She was found dead two days ago in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis. Police call her death suspicious.

As WCCO's Marielle Mohs learned, Yadhira's story resonated with those who came to grieve.

CESAR VENCES: We're all just here, you know, just showing some respect and love to the family.

MARIELLE MOHS: Dozens of candles burn at a memorial in front of the home where the body of 19-year-old Yadhira Romero Martinez was found Friday afternoon.

A welfare check initially brought Minneapolis police to this home on Lake Street and 18th Avenue. Inside, a woman was dead, along with evidence that led them to believe someone killed her.

CESAR VENCES: It breaks my heart seeing just a Hispanic woman, lady, that gets her life taken away without doing nothing, without harming nobody.

MARIELLE MOHS: Cesar Vences didn't know the young victim personally, but says the Hispanic community who live and work along Lake Street in South Minneapolis is very close.

CESAR VENCES: We're all brothers and sisters, and we just don't deserve-- nobody deserves to get their life taken away for no reason.

MARIELLE MOHS: From what Vences learned from his community, Yadhira immigrated to Minnesota from Mexico for a better life, while working to send money back home.

CESAR VENCES: Why do these things have to happen to a young lady that just comes from Mexico to work and support her family?

MARIELLE MOHS: Within hours of finding the victim, police identified a suspect and learned that he had left the state. MPD teamed up with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to arrest a 23-year-old man that same night.

But an arrest doesn't put Vences at ease, who worries about his own daughter's safety even more now.

CESAR VENCES: I got a daughter, she's 11. Imagine that.

MARIELLE MOHS: In South Minneapolis, Marielle Mohs, WCCO4 News.

JEFF WAGNER: Investigators are working to extradite the suspect to Minnesota, where they expect to be charged--- or expect him to be charged.

There are two GoFundMe accounts for the family of Yadhira-- one from each side of her family. They are raising money to bring Yadhira back home to Mexico to be laid to rest.