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Family of York City homicide victim seek justice


This news story was published on January 2, 2012.
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Elizabeth Evans, The York Dispatch, Pa. –

Anaida Rivera’s loved ones want justice.

Suzette Medina, a niece of the 40-year-old homicide victim, urged Rivera’s killer or killers to turn themselves in. She said the family is also asking anyone with information about the slaying to come forward and tell police what they know.

“They left three innocent children without a mother,” Medina said. “How can you live with that on your conscience? … Think of the kids.”

Rivera’s survivors include two sons, ages 8 and 10, and a 6-year-old daughter, according to her family.

It was one of Rivera’s sons who found her Friday morning, lying on the floor just inside the front door of her home in the 200 block of Liberty Court.

Rivera had tape over her mouth, but she was not tied up or bound and there was no visible trauma on her body, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley.

How did she die? Rivera’s son is now struggling with what he saw that morning, according to Medina, who said the family will seek counseling for the boy.

“He talks a little bit about it every day,” she said.

An autopsy Saturday failed to determine how Rivera died, he said.

York City detectives continue their investigation into who killed Rivera, Police Chief Wes Kahley said on Monday. Police said it’s possible she was killed during a robbery.

Joseph Rodriguez, the father of Rivera’s daughter, said he wants the case solved.

“I want justice done,” he said.

‘Beautiful woman’: Rodriguez said he and Rivera were no longer romantically involved, but remained close.

“She was a beautiful woman,” he said. “I met her about seven years ago.”

When they were together, Rivera told Rodriguez she wanted a little girl, he said. And a little more than six years ago, on Rivera’s birthday, she gave birth to their daughter, according to Rodriguez.

“Her wish came true,” he said.

Rivera doted on her three children, according to her loved ones.

“She did anything for her kids,” Medina said.

Donations sought: And although Rivera was a friendly woman who minded her own business, she was no pushover either, according to Rodriguez.

“She was a real tough woman,” he said.

Now, her family is struggling with their own grief while trying to comfort Rivera’s children and somehow scrape together the money to cover her funeral expenses, according to Medina. Donations may be sent to the address below.

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