Updated: June 27, 2020 10:39 PM
Created: June 27, 2020 06:19 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A little more than 10 years ago, a tragedy in New Mexico took the national spotlight after a mass grave site was discovered on Albuquerque's West Mesa.
The initial discovery was made by a dog and her owner, Christina Ross.
Ross said she sent a picture of an exposed bone to her sister, a nurse, then called police.
Thanks to Ross and her dog Rucca, the remains of 11 women and 1 unborn child were eventually uncovered.
On Saturday, city leaders unveiled a memorial park for the victims of the West Mesa murders.
Mayor Tim Keller said the Women's Memorial Park took the effort of leaders and departments from all over Albuquerque, including the victims’ families.
“The way it was designed, the family input, is just such an important part of building a city that is a reflection of us and sometimes it’s a reflection of tragedies that have happened,” Mayor Keller said.
The family of one of the victims, Doreen Marquez, said they’re thankful to the city for making the memorial a reality, even after years of setbacks and delays.
“Doreen Marquez was my mom—is my mom. This is my sister Mercedes. I want to thank you all so, so much. It's 2020. We were notified of this in 2009 and for me I thought the park wasn’t going to happen," said Doreen's daughter Destiny.
The West Mesa Killer is presumably still out there. Albuquerque Police said they've looked into several leads over the years, including one that reaches all the way to Joplin, Missouri.
Anyone with information about the murders is asked to contact police.
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