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Cold Case: Patricia Gonzalez-Arvizu moved from Mexico to Colorado Springs with her husband so their baby boy could have an American life. That was a year and a half ago. On the morning of January 26, 2004, someone brutally murdered her.
Colorado Springs police detectives are certain the person who killed Patricia knew her. How well, is unclear. KKTV 11 News Crime Stoppers reporter Jeannette Hynes talked with her brother about how her death has left a void in the lives of her family members.
"It's not the same without my sister." Roberto Gonzalez says through a translator. And he says since her death, ‘family’ comes first. "Now, I live with my siblings. I try to spend as much time with them, all the time that we can spend together. More time to have fun, see movies, eat together, go to the park. You wait for time, but now is the time."
Someone slit Patricia's throat with a knife on the morning of January 26th. Her 15-month old son, Pedro, was home, but unharmed. She lived at the A-1 Mobile Home Village near 8th and Cimarron.
Colorado Springs police detectives think her death may have something to do with the smuggling of illegal immigrants into the country, and that someone was trying to send a message to her family. And they say, that may be why this case is at a stand still.
"We don't want anybody that's here illegally that has information about this to be afraid to contact us, because of that," says Detective Scott Schwall.
Patricia's brothers and sister say they don't know who would have killed her, but they have theories. ”A person that lived near her, in the same area where she lived, who knew her, her husband, her every move, but I don't have any idea who had that kind of power or force," says Roberto.
Roberto says he hopes police find Patricia's killer, and that justice is served. Her husband, and son are back in Mexico, living with her parents.
Police would like to talk with anyone who may have talked to or seen Patricia that day, or even the weeks leading up to her death---regardless of their legal status in this country.
If you have information for police, call Crime Stoppers, anonymously. The numbers are 634-STOP in Colorado Springs or 542-STOP in Pueblo. Remember, you could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000.