Pecos Police Reveal New Details on Death of Mother 1/14/14
January 14, 2014
Pecos – CBS 7 has received new information out of Pecos regarding the woman found dead inside of her apartment early Sunday morning. The case is actively being investigated by Pecos officials who now tell us the woman’s boyfriend is in custody on unrelated charges. After the first round of questioning officials have picked up Michael Pena, the woman’s boyfriend on theft charges. For now family and friends say they are happy he is in custody and are working to raise funds for the funeral.
Hundreds of Pecos residents lined up outside of the Best Western, Kristina Lopez’s place of work, to show their support and help pay for her funeral expenses.
“It really is breathtaking to see everyone come out in support her,” said Best Western General Manager Cathy Garcia.
Kristina’s body was found early Sunday morning inside of her apartment. After family began hearing that this could be a possible suicide, they began speaking out, saying she was too happy and cared too much about her kids to do anything like that.
“We had just seen her the day before, she was so happy and glowing, that was the everyday Kristina,” said Garcia.
“This year she really stressed a lot about that she was going to give her kids the best Christmas ever, and that’s what she did. You know for someone to say that she committed suicide just can’t be true,” said Kristina’s brother Abel Lopez.
According to Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney, police have responded to many domestic disputes between the couple previously. And according to those closest to her, they had warned her, many times.
“They had been repeatedly back and forth, it’s like a good girls like bad guys kind of thing. We told her to stay away from him,” said Lopez.
“He was really possessive with her, she seemed to be scared of him,” said Garcia.
CBS 7 has requested paperwork from the Pecos police concerning this case and should be receiving it in the days to come. If you would like to help this family, they have opened an account under Kristina Lopez at Westex Community Credit Union banks. The family will also be holding another plate dinner on Thursday at the Best Western in Pecos from four p.m. to six p.m.
PECOS-Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney told The Monahans News that the body of 28-year-old Christina Lopez was discovered Sunday morning at an apartment near Bessie Haynes Elementary.
Chief McKinney said the 911 call was received at 7:14 a.m.
"Officers arrived and found the deceased in the bathroom," McKinney told Monahans News. "EMT personnel arrived and found no vitals on the female. Officers then escorted everyone out of the apartment and secured it as a crime scene."
"We have not made a ruling yet. It's too early in the investigation for us to make a ruling on the cause of death," he said. "There's still a lot of evidence to be processed and we're going to let the evidence determine the cause of death."
McKinney told the paper that police were in contact with Lopez in recent months in connection with domestic disturbances.
"This couple has had domestic violence problems in the past," McKinney said. Police add that Lopez' vehicle had been vandalized several times prior to Sunday's incident.