Springs Mother Strangled To Death; Children Home

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

Springs police have arrested 29-year-old Anselmo Bonilla Barraza for first degree murder in connection with the death of 26-year-old Pola Yesenia Valenzuela.

Authorities found the body of 26-year-old Valenzuela after responding to a domestic disturbance call around 9:05 p.m. Colorado Springs police have determined that the cause of death was the result of asphyxiation due to strangulation, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

It happened at 4825 Astrozon Boulevard. Police say when they arrived on scene they found the body of the young Hispanic female along with her four children ages 9, 7, 6, and 9 months. Those children are now in the custody of the victim's mother.

Detectives with the violent crimes unit interviewed those possible witnesses for clues as to what happened.

Neighbors were shocked, they say the couple kept to themselves but always seemed happy.

"I'm in shock, they were such a great couple. Their kids played with my kids all the time," said Peggy Wheeler who lives next door.


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