Family of murdered woman speaks out on domestic violence
November 23, 2018 06:46 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - While so many people are celebrating the holiday with family there are also families grieving this Thanksgiving, including the one who loved Nicole Robbins.
“She would have sent me a Happy Thanksgiving message or even called me to see how it was going,” Christine Martin said.
Christine Martin is Robbins’ cousin. The “Happy Thanksgiving” she hoped for was ripped away after she got news Wednesday that Robbins was murdered.
“It’s not real. I still don’t think it’s real,” she said.
Police said Robbins’ long-term boyfriend, Francisco Montoya, killed her during a fight. Police found her body Wednesday morning in a Northeast Albuquerque apartment. They said she had been beat and strangled to death. Robbins was 35-years-old and a mom to two children.
“They loved her. She was their best friend, their safety, their everything,” Martin said.
In a season that’s supposed to bring joy, Martin is left with heartbreak and questions. She has a plea for other women in abusive relationships.
“Please if you need to talk to somebody, talk. Let your family know. Get help. Call the hotline. You don’t have to stay. Just be safe. If anything do it for your children,” she said.
Now her priority, more than ever, is her family. That includes Robbins’ kids. She started a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses and giving the kids a Christmas their mom would have wanted for them.
“One with tradition and love. It wasn’t about presents you just know kids like that,” she said. “But it would be about her family being close and just having them feel her love and know that she cared.”
Updated: November 23, 2018 06:46 PM
Created: November 23, 2018 12:39 AM
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