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Friends & Family of Latina Murder Victim Stage Silent Protest

By La Prensa Staff


Friends and family of slain restaurant co-owner Janeth Silgüero demanded justice with signs instead of their voices during a silent protest that snaked its way through South Toledo on Wednesday, May 6, the night before her ex-boyfriend and accused killer was scheduled to make his second court appearance since being arrested and charged with murder.


“We’ve known her for a long time,” said Gaddil Verdin, who attended the protest to support the victim’s family. “We want justice. It’s sad to take her from her kids like this. We just want her to have justice.”


“I’m just here to support her and her family,” added Alyn Martinez. “We’re just basically asking for justice for the family so that they can get closure. She was always so kind. Every time I saw her she was smiling. She was a very lovable person and you could be comfortable around her.”


The mood was sad and sullen as participants gathered in a parking lot at Airport Plaza, 2756 Airport Hwy. Organizers stated they decided to follow the advice of Toledo police by not staging a loud demonstration that could lead to raucous behavior. Instead, they made signs and decorated car windows before a train of 20 vehicles quietly drove a three-mile route that took them past a small store on Airport Highway and Taqueria la Autentica Michoacana, 1218-22 Broadway, both businesses co-owned by Ms. Silguero and her accused killer, 43-year old Lorenzo Morales, Sr.


Everyone honked their horns as they passed by each location.


“It was shocking to learn about her death. It was a shock that someone would have those intentions,” said Ms. Martinez. “When we first heard about it, we heard it was a murder in her own home, so it leaves that question, was she safe in her own home? It definitely did bring a lot of panic. We installed security cameras at our own house, just because of that fear and suddenly not feeling safe.”


In a Spanish-language interview frequently interrupted by tears, Vanessa Silgüero thanked the community for its continued support during a tough and emotional time for the family. She emphasized that anyone who knows anything about the case should feel safe enough to cooperate with police now that an arrest has been made. She urged tips to Crime Stoppers at 419.255.1111.


“It was even more shocking, because it was a family member, someone you should trust,” said Ms. Martinez on learning about the arrest of Ms. Silguero’s ex-boyfriend. “I’m sure the kids trusted him, the family. On hearing it was someone so close to her and the family, it was definitely shocking.”


According to Nancy Silgüero, her sister’s three children are now staying in Tennessee with relatives. But the two boys and a girl will return to Toledo sometime in the next week—but whether that’s a permanent move is still unclear.


According to Ms. Martinez, the arrest has “brought mixed points of view” within the Latino community. But everyone wants to see justice done to honor the memory of Ms. Silguero.


Meantime, the murder charge filed against Lorenzo Morales, Sr., 43, was removed from Toledo Municipal Court just before a scheduled preliminary hearing May 7. The case instead will go to a Lucas County grand jury in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas for possible indictment at an undetermined date, if probable cause is found. Morales remains in jail with bond set at $1 million. A related obstruction of justice charged filed against his 23-year old son Bryan Morales-Rivero also was sent to the grand jury for consideration. He also remains behind bars on $100,000 bond.


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