Vigil held for West Mesa murder victims


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A memorial was held Friday night for the 11 women found buried on the West Mesa nine years ago.

Street Safe New Mexico, a nonprofit that helps women struggling with addiction and living on the street, held a vigil at the site near 118th Street and Dennis Chavez.

A woman out walking her dog in 2009 found a bone. It led to police finding the bodies of 11 women and a fetus.

Police say all of the women were involved in drugs or prostitution and disappeared between 2001 and 2006.

“I miss her. I miss her all the time. I think about her all the time. I’m raising her son. How old is her son now? He’s 18,” said Eleanor Griego, whose daughter was murdered.

Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Gier was once in charge of the investigation. He says now that he’s back with the department, it’s his goal to help solve the case and bring closure to the families.

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