Victoria Martens, A 10-year-old’s Tragic Death Shocks the World

Hi everyone. I usually don’t blog on Thursdays but the tragic death of 10-year-old Victoria Martens is an exception. Although the brutal murder and attack took place in Albuquerque (Albuquerque is a four-hour drive away from El Paso), the story made worldwide headlines. The tragic story was picked up by media outlets like The Washington Post, Yahoo!, The Daily Mail and countless others. I can’t stop thinking about her tragic death. The girl’s mother, Michelle Martens, her mother’s boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales and Gonzales’ cousin, Jessica Kelley are accused of the murder and other crimes. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the girl was drugged with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted, strangled, stabbed and dismembered. Albuquerque Police were unsure if the girl died from the strangulation or stab wounds. Kelley and Gonzales were recently released from prison. The Albuquerque Journal said Martens and Gonzales met on an online dating site about a month ago. 

I have so many thoughts and questions about this horrific murder. First of all, who lets someone do these awful things to their own child, their own flesh and blood? Drugs were most likely involved but that’s still not a good enough excuse! We as parents are supposed to protect our children! In a way, I am also speechless and at a loss for words. I feel so many different emotions over this story! How can you not especially if you’re a parent? How can this world be so cruel at times? The video I’m sharing with you made me break down in tears. Victoria was supposed to celebrate her 10th birthday with cake and friends! I became sick to my stomach after reading the story on social media this morning. It made me hug my son more than I usually do when I got out of work. A young life was taken away too soon from this earth. This poor innocent child would’ve lived to be my son’s age. She did nothing to deserve this! The story makes my heart hurt and sink. I’m even having a hard time falling asleep. I’m trying not to think about it anymore but it’s so hard not to! New Mexico doesn’t have the death penalty so I’m not sure what will happen to them. Will they get life in prison? Will there be a change in venue? Albuquerque is in my thoughts and prayers. I also pray that justice is completely served.



  1. Yes! How can one even think of giving meth to a child?? It’s a horrible drug. It keeps a person awake for days, their teeth eventually fall out, their skin gets acne/acne scars,etc. There’s a lot of meth and other drugs in New Mexico. There’s a lot of drugs here but I think NM may have more. It’s sad a small girl’s life was taken too soon.

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  2. I had the same thoughts like you when I read the story. How can parents even use drugs when they have to care about children. I cannot believe what was done to that poor little girl. More than heartbreaking…. such a horror!

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  3. Yes. It’s been happening a lot. New Mexico has a bad bad problem with drugs and child abuse. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen in other places but a lot of crazy things have happened there. I love it there but 9 years was long enough for me to live there.


  4. maybe it’s me but I’ve read so many articles on the web where people have been abusing their kids, assaulting their kids, beating their kids, starving their kids, leaving them in vhicles in the hot sun and the list goes on and on. and a lot of these are kids under 10 years old if not under 5 years old. I’m wondering WTF is wrong with these people.

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  5. This really is heart wrenching… saddens and horrified me to tears… RIP Victoria.
    I hope wherever you are now, you have the protection of angels👼

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