One year later: Community remembers Rio Rancho girl who was raped, killed
August 12, 2019 03:23 PM
RIO RANCHO, N.M.- An online community remembered Ariana Jade Romero on the anniversary of her death.
Joell Leah, who runs the Justice for Jade Facebook page, asked people to light a candle for Ariana Sunday night.
"[I] wanted to try and make a contribution, no matter how small," Leah said.
The six-year-old girl's lifeless body was found in a cluttered Rio Rancho house a year ago. Police said she was raped and killed.
Several weeks after Romero's death, 21-year-old Leland Hust was arrested. Police said they recovered his DNA from Ariana's body.
Hust is facing a rape charge, along with child abuse resulting in death.
He has pleaded not guilty. His trial is expected to begin in February 2020.
Updated: August 12, 2019 03:23 PM
Created: August 11, 2019 09:58 PM
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