This post is going to be about something that really makes my blood boil.
I was born to be a mother. Ever sense I can remember I have always wanted to become a mom. I absolutely love kids and I pray one day I will have one or two or however many of my own. Which brings me to talk about a disgusting, heartbreaking event that happened in my state to a poor little girl.
Her name was Victoria Martens and she was only 10 years old when her life came to an end. It was one day after her 10th birthday day when her own mother confessed to police that she allowed her boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, to get her daughter drunk, rape her, and then strangle her to death. She begged for her life while this man did these disgusting things to her as her mother, Michelle Martens, and Gonzales’s cousin, Jessica Kelley watched. After being forced to get drunk, be raped, and strangled to death, Jessica Kelley then stabbed the little girl repeatedly before ultimately dismembering her body and setting it on fire. After the three of them committed this act Michelle Martens and Fabian Gonzales went into Martens room and proceeded to have sex. After the two of them finished in the bedroom Martens, Gonzales, and Kelley made dinner and shared a meal with each other. The three of them had been high off meth and at one point they all broke out into a fight, and that is when neighbors heard the loud noises and called the police.
As Michelle Martens was interviewed by investigators he admitted that she watched as Gonzales and Kelley raped her little girl and that watching her daughter be violated was satisfying to her sexually. She claimed that she allowed Gonzales to rape Victoria 3 times in the previous days before her death and that within the last 6 months of her life she also sold Victoria to other men she met using the online dating website Plenty Of Fish and one she had met from where she worked. As investigators continued to question her she then changed her story saying that her and Gonzales had went to bed when Kelley came into their room Michelle over and over saying “Do you believe in God?” She claims she was able to get away from Jessica Kelley as she was being attacked and as she fled from her Kelley screamed to her “Your daughter is dead!” Turning the blame all on her. Martens then admitted to knowing that Jessica Kelley was a convicted rapist and had allowed the woman inside the apartment with Victoria and her brother present.
All three of them are currently being held at the Bernalillo County Detention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each of them have also plead Not Guilty in the charges they are received. The local news station has been monitoring phone calls each of them have been making. Fabian Gonzales claims that he will be proven innocent in the charges been filed against him saying that Victoria loved him like a father, and had even wrote him a note shortly before she died saying that she loves him very much. Michelle makes many phone calls with her parents and one close friend. Her parents sound like that are supporting their daughter and believing her when she says she didn’t know what was happening to Victoria because she was sleeping in another room. They even try and speak in code so that way KOAT and KOB news stations can’t tell what they are talking about. Victoria and her brother’s father currently has custody of Victoria’s brother. As for Jessica Kelley, she has not made one single phone call sense she arrived at BCDC. A judge has decided that each of them will be tried separately. The defense for each of them has requested that each case have more time to build their defense.
So, here is my thing. There are so many women in this world that would give anything to have a child. To be able to love and cherish, to do anything for. Most parents strive to give their kid the world and then some. My question is, this little girl was 10 years old and we know that she was going through terrible things for at least six months, how did not even one person who she came in contact with not know what she was going through? Or be able to sense that at least something was not right? Kids have a really hard time hiding things that are happening to them that they know are very very wrong. Are we as people seriously that afraid to speak up in the defense of a little girl, or a little boy? So many people saw this little girl daily, teachers, friends, aunts, uncles, and her grandparents. Not ONE single person had even the slightest clue that Michelle was addicted to drugs and something in the home was not right? SPEAK UP!! No matter how bad the outcome may be, no matter if you are risking of tearing your family apart, SPEAK UP!!! Otherwise another child could end up like Victoria. Sadly, a lot of children do! In my opinion, in a lot of cases, it’s because people are afraid of saying something and causing conflict and drama. Maybe you say something and you are wrong, at least you know that everything in that child’s life is okay and they aren’t being hurt. If you are right, then you are that child’s hero and you possibly saved a little one’s life in some way shape or form.
My heart breaks for Victoria Martens. I want the whole world to hear her story and learn from it. We can stop child abuse if family members, friends, teachers, mentors, coaches, just anybody who may expect something would speak up! Please, I beg of you, share this story. Share it over and over. Let the world know that this has to stop!! No child deserves this and we have to do something about it!! This could be your granddaughter or niece or nephew. Can you imagine it happening to a little one you love with all your heart? I know I couldn’t.
God bless Victoria Martens! Heaven has gained a beautiful angel!!Victoria Martens