An Illinois man has been arrested in connection to the murder of his ex-wife, who was found dead on Valentine’s Day.
Police said that Jose Alvarado-Ramirez, a Waukegan resident, called police early Sunday to report that he’d found his ex-wife, 29-year-old Meztli Galindo, unresponsive in a car, The Chicago Sun-Times reports. Upon their arrival, officers with the Waukegan Police Department found Galindo dead, with an autopsy later showing that she’d died from numerous injuries caused by a sharp object, according to the outlet. Alvarado-Ramirez has since been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the case.
The Waukegan Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Oxygen.com. A motive in the killing is currently unclear, but authorities have said that the murder is related to domestic violence, the Lake and McHenry County Scanner reports.
A GoFundMe campaign set up in Galindo’s honor states that she was a devoted mother of two, who are now in the care of Galindo's mother. Her loved ones are remembering her as a “sister, daughter, mother, and friend” who was a “bright light” in the world.
“For anyone who did not know Mez, she was a kind spirit who helped others whether they were a friend or a stranger and no matter how long they had been in her life. It was never an inconvenience for her to help anyone in need,” their statement reads, adding that, when she was killed, Galindo was in the process of trying to further her education and be the “best” she could be for her children.
The Waukegan Police Department is investigating her death as a homicide, according to the Lake and McHenry County Scanner.
Alvarado-Ramirez is in custody at the Lake County Jail on $2 million bail, The Chicago Sun-Times reports. He is due to appear in court on March 9.
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