LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A vigil was held Thursday for the girl police say was found dumped, nude and in a plastic container along the 5 Freeway near Boyle Heights.

Police believe the container was possibly pushed from a moving vehicle.  Homicide detectives are still working the case.

KCAL9’s Rita Garcia talked to friends and family of the 17-year-old they remembered as a bright, loved girl who got along with everyone.

They were still in a state of shock…searching for answers. They all said the same thing. Who would do such a thing to Michelle Lozano?

Michelle was the oldest of six. She had told her mom she was going to take a walk to the store. That’s the last any of her loved ones saw of her.

They can’t fathom, or maybe it’s better they don’t…how she could have come to such a grisly and unfortunate end.

Her friends and family told Garcia that Michelle had hate and love tattooed on her wrists. Fitting they feel now — love for their sister and hate for the person who ended her life.

Comments (110)
  1. Jason says:

    It is just disgusting to see what human beings are capable of doing to each other.

    What a heart breaking story and I hope if/when they catch the person who did this that they suffer horribly everyday for the rest of their miserable existence.

    1. shoe says:

      41,000 vac
      Straight off the wires.
      Better deal.
      Boom, done.

    2. Jeffrey Todd Lane says:

      Sorry to hear this but honestly 17, Boyle Heights, and oldest of 6 kids and has tatoos already? I will bet there is no dad either. It is a horriible thing when people have kids they cannot afford to raise properly and then these things happen.

  2. valley girl says:

    Obviously they let her go wherever. She was 17 and with a tattoo already??? c’mon. No child should go through that ever. But if you know its ghetto around that neighborhood, the parents should of told her to go with someone or not at all. Parents should of been careful with her.

    1. parent says:

      thats the way it is once they reach 16-17 cant tell them anything ,parents just give up. and there usee what happens sometimes it sucks but thats how it is.

    2. Maria says:

      Hey valley girl, and who the hell told you that it was ghetto in that area, No teen should have to worrie about going anywhere alone at any time and having a tatto at that age? who cares! No one deserves to die that way. Lincoln Heights is a safe neighborhood. There ae so many Crazy Psychos out there that we just don’t know where or when something could happen to any of us.

    3. Quato Garcia says:

      Maria… pull your head out of your backside and take a breath of reality. The world is a dangerous place, certain areas more, some less. To suggest a teen girl should be able to walk anywhere, anytime of night is ludicrous and not reality… particularly in LA, particularly where this girl lived.

      Having lived in LA for many years… it is rather obvious to the unbiased observer from which communities the majority of problems come from. Sorry, you know the truth too but will lie about it.

      Further, having lived and worked among many Latinos… I can tell you… many Latino parents do not watch their kids very good… even toddlers. Momma is sleeping so three year old girl… you watch your one year old sister. Goes on all the time. I see lots of Latino children with thick scars on their bodies… after witnessing this for numerous years, and talking to some Latino’s who will be truthful, the cause is kids getting hurt because the parents or grandparents weren’t watching their kids close enough. They get hurt, no emergency room stitches… giant scars!

    4. gianni says:

      This is a tragic story.

      My comment is why haven’t people been taught there is no such phrase in the English language as “should of”. It’s should HAVE and the conditional tense of the verb have.

      should have, could have, would have GOT IT, FOLKS?

      Get it together people.

      1. MS says:

        STOP correcting people on how the to write correctly!!! Who in the f*2#*k!! gives a damn. With your comment you just should how cold and callous person you are. A young human life was trajically taken and you’re giving spelling lessons!!. So I believe that you should “GET IT TOGETHER” “GOT IT, GIANNI”????

      2. cheyerra says:


        @ Gianni,
        are you a sociopath? This is a devestating and horrific loss to the family,community and our whole society and you are giving a grammar lesson? You are an empty shell of a human…
        As a mom of an 18 year old daugher I could not even imagine surviving the pain of losing a beloved child like this….
        To the beautiful victim, RIP within the eternall peace, comfort and everlasting presence of the Lord

  3. Robert Chandler says:



    1. Brian Andrews says:

      Oh yea right, your “god” doesn’t do that. If that was the case she wouldn’t have been dumped out a vehicle to begin with. Guess that was your god’s “plan” for her, right? Ooooh, right…you only bring his name up when it’s something positive.

  4. joe says:

    Truthhurts ur sick..

  5. anonymous says:

    @truthhurts: why are you calling her a hooch? and this isnt lame its something serious and its happening in our community! i bet that if this happened to one of your family members you wouldnt like it! stop talking smack because no mother or anyone deserves to go through this much pain and especially when their loved was killed horribly. honestly have some respect.

  6. Coukeey says:

    Have some respect, this was a young innocent child who was killed and dumped on the side of the road by some sick monster, how do u kno the murderer wasnt a white US citizen? It doesnt matter how she was dressed or if she had tattoos at a young age, now days everyone has one, no one deserves to be taken like that. My heart goes out to her family, so sad to hear of this, hope they find the person who did this

    1. h says:

      So that means she deserves to be raped and murdered? What a terrible mentality. We need to change this kind of attitude, blaming victims and justifying crimes with hateful twisted logic.

    2. Victoria De says:

      You are an idiot. Seriously shut up. Maybe if it was one of your kids/nieces/nephews whatever you’d have some sort of compassion. Shut your a** up. Because someone has a tattoo they desrve to die? what an idiot.

    3. :) says:

      she knew how to do tats she meant of done it her self

    4. Becky G says:

      For being cruel, dumb, ignorant, and an azz hole, you deserve to be smacked in the head with the claw end of a hammer until you die. Hey just following your ignorant logic.

  7. joe says:

    @ trusthurts sorry for the typo assh+@*…….


    At 17, she still in high skrew, means someone she knew abducted her.

    Check store surveillance cameras inside/outside.

    Check all her friends and her cell phone records.

    Since it was a quick death, seems like an Acquaintance of hers.

    1. dan says:

      I also think it must of been someone she knew. How did she end up up inside a car and dumped on the freeway. sometimes we have to be careful with the people we know also. you never now.

  9. POKE A HOLE says:

    Got a hunch that it was probably someone she knew did it. Probably someone told her to meet at the Liquor store & next thing you know you dead.

    If anyone know where this Liquor store is located, they know it is a heavily Gang infested area. Walls, cars, homes, street signs, sidewalks, poles, etc have Gang endorsements & drug pushers.

  10. East Side Locos says:

    Girlfriend of a Rival Gang.

    1. Cindy says:

      where is the boyfriend now???

  11. Luis says:

    No, truthhurts is a waste of food. Please don’t eat or drink anymore truthhurts…do the world a favor.

  12. dont trip says:

    y does everyone think they killed her at the liquor store?! she lived by there and she was found near state street!! damn people get your facts straight then talk!!

    1. Ed Rooney says:

      dont trip,

      lay down the crack pipe. who on here said she was killed at the Liquor store? Who?

      she was probably abducted from between her house to the liquor store.

    2. Victoria De says:

      yeah dude no one on here said she was kiloled at the liquor store go back to school and study some reading and comprehension.

  13. r.i.p beautiful says:

    You guys want to know something, this girl you all are talking sh** about was my cousin. Honestly i dont know how you can just sit on your a** and talk sh**!!! If you didnt know anything about this girl dont write anything on here. You guys are just disrespecting her and my family. And to whoever “truthhurts” is, you are one racist bi***!! How can you talk about mexicans like that? Another thing, dont bring hoods into this! Stop saying false sh**!! I hate the fact that none of you knew her but yet talk so much. One last thing I want to say, stop talking sh** about how she was raised and what tattoos she had or how she got them! Thats none of your business!!!

    1. 1000 ways to die says:

      Horrible way to die don’t you agree? Raped & dumped like a sack of worthless junk.

      1. r.i.p beautiful says:

        Of course I agree w**!!! This was my cousin!!!

      2. maria says:

        I have not read anywhere she was raped?! How do you know that?? You people need to stop writting negative stuff about this child. She was an innocent girl. NOBODY deserves this… I SWEAR I HOPE THE POLICE CATCHES SOMEONE… I keep checking about any new news about this horrible crime. I knew this child, she was my hijas friend. RIP Michelle.. XOXOXO

    2. r.i.p beautiful says:

      Its not your f****n business if you didnt know her!! All of you dont know what a great person she was!! Thats why im saying its none of your business cause all of you talk sh** and dont even know the person!!!

      1. Jimmy Jamm says:

        It is our business as we also live in this city. If MORE people took things as their business, stuff like this would happen much less. Sorry for your loss.

      2. retphxfire says:

        Jimmy is right. If more people paid attention and decided the safety of all our children is their business perhaps less young girls would be victims.

    3. Victoria says:

      My condolences. She was a beautiful girl and did not deserve this. May god ease your pain and help bring the guilty party forward. He deserves the death penalty.

      1. r.i.p beautiful says:

        Thank you.

    4. b says:

      r.i.p beautiful

      I am so sorry for the lost of your cousin. I hope that your family gets the justice that they deserve for her. Don’t pay attention to the people who are putting out their negativity. They are worthless, taking up space and are basically nothing.

      1. r.i.p beautiful says:


    5. f haters! says:

      truth hurts, just stfu already!! i guess you dont have any respect at all. hopefully karma gets you back for talking all this sh**!!!

      1. Realist says:

        Lot of filthy trash talk from a lover…you must be a hater too 😉

    6. h says:

      I think what Michelle’s cousin means is that the way Michelle lived her life, whether or not she had tattoos, or whether she dressed or acted “provocatively” (which she doesn’t appear to have) do not make ONE LICK OF DIFFERENCE in the fact that this is a horrible crime that no one deserves to be a victim of.

      Except maybe you.

      1. Realist says:

        I think if her parents didn’t have a litter of children and used birth control after the first or second child they might have had a better life and been able to keep her out of gangs, tattoo parlors and could have been able to keep a better eye on her as she grew up.

        But nooo, she only had 17% of their attention, love and guidance but hey I am Hispanic and I know how little parenting Hispanics actually give their children 🙁

      2. dan says:

        Like how do you know how much percentage she had?Were you there to see or what?Accidents happen !Her parents could of have a fewer children not a litter of children.how can they have a litter of children. JaJajajajajajajajajaa

    7. retphxfire says:

      Agree, much of this young girl’s story is none of our business. Most of us are outraged and hurting for your cousin and your family. There are aspects of this tragedy that do impact the rest of your city…there is a killer lose who may be preying on young women, that is our concern. What she was like and what she may have been dong is also pertinent, if she did nothing in her life that would signal dangerous behavior or irresponsible parenting that may be an important aspect of her death, perhaps by someone she knew; if not, then, again, other citiznes have reason to be worried about their children. Much of what has been said here is just cruel, racist and irrelevent, something your family should not have to deal with at any time. May the memories of your cousin bring your family some comfort.

    8. Brian Andrews says:

      Shouldn’t you be grieving instead of coming on here, being all ghetto (surprise, surprise) and worrying about what strangers are saying? Oh right, you probably aren’t that upset since you have like 3513 other cousins.

  14. Victoria says:

    @truthhurts You mentioned respect.
    “I have respect for these people if they have respect for us…”
    how respectful do you believe it is to come on this comment page and say “Good Riddance one less latino in the US”? Your hatred echos Hitler’s attitude. May god ease you hatred and take away your bitterness! God bless this child and other victims of such brutal attacks, no matter what ethnic background they come from.

  15. Smells Like Teen Spirit says:


  16. 789 says:

    It is ignorant to assume that all latin people are illegals. Don’t you forget this country was built by immigrants. Your own forefathers were immigrants at one point.

    1. Genevieve Espinoza says:

      Yep, this fact most of us know. Now now this, I don’t like the way the immigrants are building this country.

      If you are a legal resident of this country, great! I don’t even care if you are rich or poor. Bravo too you for following the same laws my forefather’s followed to become legal residents.

      For the rest of you that are not legal, I don’t comprehend Spanish because English is the primary language in this country so I respect that and speak any other language when it is necessary.

      I would not move to another country and expect that country to translate everything too me in my native language. I would prepare for my residency abroad and learn the language that is primarily language. If a business or entity wants to provide information in alternative languages than I more than likely would do business with a company I could communicate comfortably with.

      Southern California is a sespool of criminally inclined individuals.

      I’m an American and I don’t support law breaking individuals from any country.

      1. retphxfire says:

        How do you know your ancestors were legal immigrants? Do you realize many of you making that claim would find that there is no record of their families arriing through any official port of entry and were, indeed, illegal immigrants? Just saying..check out your families.

      2. DUH says:

        We have no primary language. Most people speak English but it is not our primary language There is nothing wrong with speaking other than English. That is what is great about our country. What is not so great about it is ignorant, racist people that feel they are better than some because they are born here and speak English.

  17. f haters! says:

    serio to be talking sh** about someone who passed away like that is beyond disrespectful!

  18. 789 says:

    I believe you to be in that 1% as well. Maybe your fate, or your childs fate, will mirror this tragedy.

  19. Bitterrose says:

    I grew up in in this area from the age of 12 to 16 in the late 80’s and early 90’s and it was a bad area then too. We were poor and on welfare but I learned at a young age to be very aware of your surroundings. If I went to the store and didn’t return my mom would have been out there looking for me and would have called the cops the within less than an hour. I know a lot of people think that because she was 17 that she was old enough to be unsupervised , but if your kid is still living under your roof then they need to check in with you often. This is even more so with young women who are statically the most targeted for murder.

    The chances are that she was abducted and murdered by a stranger are very slim. I don’t believe that she was naïve and given that she lived in that area had to have had some degree of street smarts. It may have been that she just trusted the wrong person or persons and ended up dead. How she looked or how she presented herself has little to do with her being murdered.

    Sad to say, but in our society young women are raped and murdered at any given time with little attention to what they are wearing. The fact that they are young just makes it easier to take advantage of them.

  20. inshock says:

    What has happened to thhis world, when did it become O.K. to even think some of the things I have read on these posts, let alone write them for the world to see. When did a 17 yr old wearing a shirt that showed some skin on the bottom, and pants, not booty shorts and a bra, become a hooch. Besides, the way a person is dressed, provocative or not, does not mean they were asking for it. I couldn’t believe that when I read it. So, does that mean if your sister or daughter goes to the beach, and wears a bathing suit then she’s “asking for it” the ignorance of some people…. Instead of searching for something negative in this, why can’t you just give your condolences or prayers, and move on. This is not an issue about race, or religion, or tattoos, this is about a young girl who had her entire life ahead of her until it was taken from her by some worhtless person/people. This is about a mother and a father, who lost their child, siblings and cousins who are dealing with a tragic loss. God Bless this family and be with them in their time of need. As for whoever is responsible for this, they will be held accountable for their actions, hopefully in the face of our law as well as our creator. Let this child rest in peace, keep your hatred to yourselves, not everyone has to be as miserable as you.

    1. Quato Garcia says:

      Booty shorts and bras?

      I lived in LA for many years. Had a business right down the street from where Rodney King ran into trouble. Was the first person on hand after a drive-by shooting in the predominantly Latino project area that surrounded my business.

      This kind of horrible stuff happens in the dump called Mexico all of the time where life doesn’t mean much. It is a small part of the Latino culture. I recall seeing Latino magazines in LA liquor stores, right out in the open, that exhibited photos of murdered and mutilated people (often women). I recall a cover pic and photo spread inside, in color, of a totally nude woman cut up like cord word… lower legs, upper legs, hips, torso, arms, upper head above jaw… re-assembled on an autopsy table. Color pic after color pic. Elsewhere in the magazine photos of numerous other dead and rotted people. Elsewhere, pics of cute women wearing bikinis! Magazine cost a buck or two and was apparently popular enough that someone bothered to import it from Mexico. A steady diet of this stuff is sure to warp ones mind and there was more than one magazine displaying such.

      Add to that all the gang nonsense, the Angel of Death cult killings, satanic cult / drug killings that the fine people of Mexico are involved in and it is no wonder this isn’t a daily occurrence in Los Angeles.

      Call me racist all you like, the Latino community continues to turn a blind eye to the ravages of their communities behavior just as many blacks do… neither group holds themselves accountable, but merely blame others for their plights. As long as this continues we will see many, many more tragedies such as this and many more “baby mommas” on TV crying over their dead thug children.

      I am not saying this poor girl is a thug, but many street-wise people and their parents, walk the thin line between thugs and not thugs, by behaving in such a way that helps perpetuate or empowers the thug lifestyle. They know who the troublemakers are.

      We can start to curb some of this by stopping illegals to break into the US and live hear illegally. That’s just the truth but liberals and activist Latino’s will never agree to such because of their hatred for America and white people, and because the have agendas.

      And sorry… “love” and “hate” tattoos on a 17 year old says an awful lot… beyond the fact that a 17 year old cannot be legally tattooed without parental approval… but go ahead and keep your head buried in the sand.

      1. david says:

        Quato Garcia, enlightening, and interesting. Thank you.

  21. Angel says:

    RIP Lil One.. You are in a better world..now!

    You will be missed by many.. on earth..!

    People Respect.. her family..!

  22. mnmz says:

    I can’t belive something like this has happend I’ve lived in elsereno lincoln heights and I no all my ways up in boyle heights east la since I was little and its really sad and shocking to me to hear what happend to this girl guys need to have more respect and protect us and their blocks. I haven’t heard of anything like this to happen in long time like that and in the area I hope they find the person very soon. May god have her with him and that she’s in a better place.

    1. Brian Andrews says:

      You live in some serious denial dude…I highly doubt you’ve been anywhere near here. This stuff happens daily.

  23. ViBz says:

    May she RIP… This so sad I cant believe ppl can actually come on here and talk bad about what happened to this lil girl.. My condolences go to her family and friends… I have 3 daughters and I can only imagine what her mother is going thru… This is any mother’s nightmare…

    1. maria says:

      I agree, When my daughter told her friend was found dead… I got so scared and now i worrie every day for myown daughter… This happen to close from home, my daughter had just seen her at a party that Saturday.. I hope they find who ever did this.. I pray to God Every Day they do and I hope they keep investigating… This is truly a MOTHERS NIGHTMARE… I hope her mommy finds peace in God..

  24. Glory says:

    My daughter was a friend of Michelle, My prayers go out to her Mother and Family, they will be in my prayers, Please remember that this sick person has not yet been captured so please young girls be very careful, We that live in El Sereno Lincoln Heights Ect must always watch over each-other and over our children.And for you sick stupid people that have nothing nice to say you whould be ashamed of yourselves but dont worry you will have to answer to God i can just emagine what kind of person you are. God be with all of us. —-GLORY—-

    1. El Barto says:

      move you LOSER!!!

  25. h says:

    That may be true, but going out alone doesn’t mean someone deserves to be raped and murdered. To say “Oh, she shouldn’t have been out alone,” is blaming the victim for something only ONE person is responsible for–the person who committed this horrible crime.

    1. Charles K Pinkett Jr says:

      True That.

    2. Duh! says:

      Wow, h.
      You seem to know a lot about this case.

      You know she was raped. That was reported in the article.
      You know that only “ONE person” is responsible.
      I’d like to know how you pushed the plastic container from a moving vehicle all by yourself.

      Seems to me like you are a person of interest.

  26. Kayy , Lovee says:

    Dam it sucks that shes not here anymore /: , i ddnt noee her that well but at skool ill kick it witt some of her friends nd shell be there at times , she was a really lovinq person nd very known , i dnt qet how some one could do some sh** like that to her , everyone noes she ddnt deserve that . pero what hurts the most is how she passed , i hope they find those twisted minded people ! , May She Rest In Peace Michelle Lozano , best believe mija you will be missed

  27. Rip..michelle lozano says:

    Its still hard to believe tbat shes gone..no mother should have to go through this…n she wasnt killed at the liquor store people and no one really knows were she was going i read that she was going to the store and that she was gunna catch the bus to go to her boyfreind house..but i think..someone that she knew did this to her cause obviously they knw were she lived iuf they left her on the side of the fwy not that far from her house…i hope they find the person sick monster that did this to her..i dnt live that fsar from were they found her and im scared to be walking the syretts my mom had to buy me pepper spray…rip michelle lozano..you are missed

  28. Maria says:

    Yes Paco, you should not walk alone because you aint sound right,. Ya know what ‘m sayin?? LOL
    Learn how to talk kid,… Get some Education 🙂

  29. mariadavila666 says:


  30. ROSARIO says:


  31. Primetime Editorials says:

    this is so sad
    I hope they find this loser
    I am praying for this family

  32. Mike says:

    Sad and disturbing. He’s still on the loose and will probably strike again. Hopefully, someone will take him out and give him a taste of his own medicine.

    1. Cindy says:

      I agree with Mike. It seems like the story just stops here. what about any future victims who could be at danger here. who’s to say it wasn’t a serial killer that was just stopping through the ghetto. he /she could be on there way to Beverly Hills next. I feel for the family and everything but, I would think they would be doing something more important than holding a vigil at this moment. shouldn’t they be out pounding the pavement trying to figure out who did this to there “innocent” loved one? someone knows something that’s why they aren’t pushing the issue and holding a vigil.

  33. Jimmy Jojo says:

    You people are being too quick to jump to conclusions and assume she was murdered! There’s no evidence she was murdered, at least not in that story. Who’s to say she wasn’t walking down the road/frwy. in the nude (kids these days are crazy!) and was then fatally (and accidentally) struck by a moving vehicle? Then the driver (who could have had plastic containers or drums in the car/truck with him/her- perhaps for work) placed her body inside the container to keep people from gawking at her naked carcass. This person SHOULD have called the police immediately, but it’s a lot better than a simple hit-and-run. I’m thinking good Samaritan here.

    1. Cindy says:

      hey JJ – you are definitely a weirdo

    2. Victoria De says:

      You’re crazy. MAybe it was you.

    3. Can't Be That Dumb says:

      Fatal hit and run is murder dummy. But by this story, she was not fatally hit by a car. Get real!

  34. Amy says:

    As with any killing it is sad but a 17 year old girl with a tattoo means that she was NOT a “good girl” like most people say.

    1. Sara Fine says:

      Wow. You must be a child. I don’t think any educated adult would say such a mindless thing.

  35. El Barto says:

    Love & Hate suck

  36. eL bARTO says:


  37. Get Him Neutered says:

    Six kids! Her poor mom must be all worn out. Where’s superballs?

  38. Been There says:

    Shame on you who write hateful comments! My goodness! A tragedy like this can happen to anyone . . even those who “stay vigilant”.
    I am a caucasian, and when I was 22, a college student who had never been in trouble or done much besides work and study, I was kidnapped at gunpoint and raped. By a stranger. I am lucky to be alive.
    I also had taken self-defense, was very athletic, and was carrying mace. It doesn’t matter when a gun is in your side, people.
    Stop saying negative things! Noone deserves this! And noone is safe, so stop acting like you are somehow “better” than a victim.
    Family: I am so, so sorry for your loss. Poor angel.

  39. Fisuxhfbdjsixjfhdbdjsjzjxjdbsbsjzjxjd says:

    Some of you people are nice and respectful to this subject, but some of you are jerks! Stand in michelle’s family’s shoes and understand the pain instead of making stupid comments about your assumptions about Michelle. Just because she’s from Lincoln heights she was a great girl, and tattoos doesn’t really define a persons true personality, it mightve been in memory of a friend or a stepping stone in her life.. Stop being so negative towards Michelle and learn grow up and give respect, because when you want it you have to give it too, and right now some of you people aren’t earning it at all!

    1. Quato Garcia says:

      Love and Hate tattoos says an awful lot… start looking at reality and not the imaginary world you live in.

  40. girlnextdoor says:

    Sometimes I think it is not such a good idea for local news’ internet articles to provide a comment section. All the comments here are for the most part ridiculous…people insulting the victim, others insulting each other, etc. Use your energy to help out the family or others in true need.

  41. TRUTH HURT #2 says:

    according to the news…GROWING LATINO POP. IN THE U.S….. THAT MEANS GROWING CRIME RATE AS WELL.. the u.s can handle most other race that commits crimes, but mexicans ??? they usually will run back to mexico and hide till thing quiet down. so you people who say this girl had a family that love her? well how about the people that are killed almost everyday by latino drunk driver in these hit and run an they RUN BACK TO MEXICO. ” someone loved them “

  42. TheDagoStud says:

    Bad scene all around. Poor girl. The United States is becoming more and more an open air insane asylum.

  43. nat says:

    no there was dayz when she didnt even come home I know becuz She alwayz was out drinking with her homies and homegurlz she was not a good girl she was just 17 and drinking doing every guy

  44. Bear's girl says:

    Lincoln Heights is a safe neigborhood!? Since when? Just because you grew up in the area and survived, doesnt mean it is safe.

  45. tom s. says:

    Yes little cindy there are MONSTERS in the world !

  46. lil trigger says:

    i heard this hyna used to bust trains with alot of fools from the hood

  47. Homiesneverchange says:

    Uh, I’ll explain it.

    Gang banger culture in Mexicans culture.

    “that Michelle had hate and love tattooed on her wrists.” What 15 year old kid has gang banger tattoo’s on her wrists? And with one of them being “hate”. I bet they were all in Lowrider script.

    Look at the bunch that came to shed a tear drop – thuggy homies and homettes.

    I think living that life, amongst those that cry for her, she may have gotten involved in some of the “hate” side of her neighborhood.

    The key so you don’t lose lives tragically like this is by changing the culture – changing their ways, mentality. Will that ever happen? No. Never.

    So as you see here, all the tears, all the pain, will repeat itself over and over. I’ve seen this since for YEARS, same thing over and over. They never talk about changing because they can’t.

    It is a horrible crime, and I hope they catch the thugs that did this but look in that community first.

    1. Realist says:

      I totally agree, I am half Mexican and I saw it in my family and I see it in the Hispanic culture.

  48. Realist says:

    Maybe a gang banger initiation gone bad or a gang banger got to tough with her. She was a pretty girl but come on folks tatooed up at 17 and by the looks of the group, violence is a natural act in the circles she might have been hanging with.

    Unfortunately being one of six this girl only got 17% of the love, attention and guidance she could have had if she was an only child.

    When people have litters of children they should expect that some of these kids will fall by the wayside.

  49. Realist says:

    To all the gang banger sympathizers and the people thinking that hispanics are stereotyped and are being racially profiled…yes you right but if you don’t like racial profiling then change your race’s profile.

    Or go get love and hate tatooed on your little girls and boys….it’s a nice touch when they become “victim’s”.

  50. dan says:

    One more thing I forgot to say. I don’t know this girl. But I hope shes in a better place R.I.P.And of course this sick f*** is gonna get his punisment. Karma!

  51. Cephas says:

    John Corpai used to tell a story like that. Wouldn’t surprise me if he’d done it. Sad.

  52. retphxfire says:

    Perfect..you DO have no brain.

  53. Sara Fine says:

    it’s so difficult to deal with these unprofessional news articles. I want the i-news journalists to go away and the trained journalists to have jobs.

  54. cheyerra says:

    @ Gianni,
    are you a sociopath? This is a devestating and horrific loss to the family,community and our whole society and you are giving a grammar lesson? You are an empty shell of a human…
    As a mom of an 18 year old daugher I could not even imagine surviving the pain of losing a beloved child like this….
    To the beautiful victim, RIP within the eternall peace, comfort and everlasting presence of the Lord

  55. Jose Gutierrez says:

    Press 2 for spanish.

    Sexual assault is very very common in Mexico. Most people there got so used to it. That’s why you see it all the time that we make out with our cousin(s). You are such an amelican country boy.

  56. J says:

    Been There says: “Shame on you who write hateful comments! My goodness! A tragedy like this can happen to anyone . . even those who “stay vigilant”.
    I am a caucasian, and when I was 22, a college student who had never been in trouble or done much besides work and study, I was kidnapped at gunpoint and raped. By a stranger.”

    The difference with you is that it could not have been prevented by your mother and/or father. In Michelle’s case, THIS particular crime could have been prevented had she not been allowed to walk to the store alone. When I was 17, my mom didn’t even let my friends and I go to the mall on our own (and we knew how to drive and had cars, as well as the neighborhood being labeled as ‘safe’). She would walk 20 steps behind us in the mall, but she would be there. She trusted us, but she did not trust the disgusting monsters that lurk and prey on young girls. My mother may have been over-protective, but this is a case where it beats being under-protective and not ever seeing your child again.

  57. Nancy says:

    Today, is January 26, 2012 and a second girl just like Michelle went missing in LIncoln Heights, a body has been found off the 5 fwy similar….they don’t know if it’s the 22 yr old female who went missing Dec 26 in Lincoln Heights. They said Michelle’s was gang related, but this is too similar. Michelle was my cousin as well.