By Jessica Willey
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — In a small house in southeast Houston, there’s a united entrance of three sisters who’re getting nearer to the toughest day of the 12 months.
“It’s 4 years, but it surely appears like yesterday, to this present day,” Jackie Martinez mentioned.
Saturday will mark 4 years since their mom was murdered and their father, who’s charged, went on the run.
ABC13 first met Jackie, Daniela, and Miranda Martinez in 2019, as Jackie, the oldest, was making an attempt to get authorized custody of her youthful sisters, who’ve autism. They have been additionally studying to stay on their very own.
“We didn’t have a mattress. We didn’t have meals. We have been on their lonesome within the house,” Jackie mentioned.
Years later, whereas there’s extra stability, there’s additionally worry they’ll’t shake.
“I don’t need to get killed by him,” 15-year-old Miranda mentioned.
After we requested, “Are you frightened about that?” she replied, “Sure, I’m frightened a lot.”
Miranda was the one who discovered their mom, Ninfa Griselda Mancillas, of their southeast Houston dwelling on Nov. 26, 2018. That horrible reminiscence usually overshadows the great ones.
“I preferred to stare at her when she’s placing on make-up and when she brushed my hair and hugged me and kissed me,” Miranda recalled.
So this November, the sisters need to communicate up and switch the eye towards their father as soon as once more.
“I would like him to be in jail for good,” Miranda mentioned.
Jose Martinez-Espinosa has been on the run since November 2018. Jackie believes his household helps him. Houston police mentioned he could also be in Mexico.
Jackie is now 23 and combating for justice as a home violence survivor, she says.
“Don’t overlook about this. Don’t overlook about what occurred to her. Don’t let that occur to different youngsters,” she mentioned.
She encourages victims to get assist in order that different brothers and sisters are usually not left on their lonesome.
“I want I might see her another time. Hug her face simply as soon as,” Miranda lamented.
Anybody with data on the whereabouts of Martinez-Espinosa is requested to contact Crime Stoppers.
The Harris County District Lawyer’s workplace has an inventory of sources for victims of home violence looking for assist. In the event you or somebody you understand is experiencing home violence, please name the Nationwide Home Violence hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233).
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