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Boyfriend charged in brutal murder of popular Latina Restaurant Owner

By La Prensa Staff

TOLEDO, May 1, 2020: A South End man is jailed on $1 million bond and charged with murder in the stabbing death and shooting last summer of his long-time girlfriend and business partner.

Lorenzo Morales, Sr., 43, is accused of killing 36-year old Emilia “Janeth” Silgüero last August in the home the couple shared 238 Field Ave. Ms. Silgüero had stabbed multiple times in the chest and head and shot in the back.

Emilia “Janeth” Silgüero

An affidavit filed in Toledo Municipal Court stated Morales and his 23-year old son Bryan Morales-Rivero engaged “in a premeditated plan…to cover up and conceal the murder.” His son—by a former marriage—is charged with obstruction of justice. According to court records, Morales-Rivero also lives in the Field Ave. home where the homicide happened. Police arrested the pair April 29, 2020.

Both men face a preliminary hearing in Toledo Municipal Court on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 9 a.m. But in Ohio, defendants are not entitled to a preliminary/probable cause hearing if the county prosecutor elects to go original by obtaining an indictment directly from the Grand Jury in the Common Pleas Court.

Morales and Ms. Silgüero co-owned the popular restaurant Taquería La Autentica Michoacana, located at 1218-20 Broadway. It was the site of a candlelight vigil several months after the alleged homicide. The family decided to hold the vigil to put pressure for answers and to ensure that Janeth’s death would not be forgotten.

A family member discovered Ms. Silgüero’s body after going to her home to check on her. She had failed to answer a number of text messages and failed to report to the restaurant. The restaurant and her home are within a short walk of each other.

Ms. Silgüero’s three children—from another union—were visiting at the time in Florida. It appears that the murder charge accuses Morales of committing another felony when the homicide occurred, but doesn’t specify what exactly happened. The arrest warrant was based on both evidence and witness statements.

María González stated she was “shocked and appalled at the overkill” that occurred to her friend, but “not surprised” Morales is now charged with her murder—pointing out the limited facts so far lead to her to believe it was “a crime of passion.”

She recalled sensing an open tension between Ms. Silgüero’s immediate family and Morales on the night of the vigil that extended to the victim’s funeral. Ms. González attended both events to support the memory of her friend.

“I just pray that justice will be served for Janeth,” she said, while emphasizing Morales should still be considered innocent until proven guilty. “I am quite saddened by the whole thing.”

“I hope the family can begin to have some closure,” added Anita Sánchez-Serda, another friend of Ms. Silgüero.

Morales has a previous conviction in 2011 for disorderly conduct. Court records indicate that was a charge reduced from an original count of domestic violence, where Morales was accused of striking a victim several times in the face and body. He pleaded guilty to the reduced charge and received a suspended 30-day jail sentence and six months’ probation. According to court records, that assault also occurred in the Field Ave. home the couple shared.

Ms. Silgüero, who was also known as Emilia Guerrero, was originally from Heroica Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México.

Note: Photo of Lorenzo Morales, Sr., Emilia “Janeth” Silgüero, and Bryan Morales-Rivero taken in front of the restaurant in October of 2017.



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