Family Of Murdered Aurora Teen Sets Up Funeral Fund

Teen's beaten, burned body was found last weekend, police said

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    Juan Garnica Jr. was charged Sunday with first-degree murder and one count of arson in the murder of 18-year-old Abigail Villalpando. Christian Farr spoke with the victim's brother and best friend. (Published Monday, Feb 4, 2013)

    Family members of an 18-year-old Aurora woman who was brutally beaten to death has set up an account to raise money for her funeral.

    Abigail Villalpando went missing late last week after she left home for work and failed to show up. Police said she was last seen by a family member at 1 p.m. Thursday. Her body was found "burned beyond recognition" Saturday morning in a wooded area in Montgomery, police said.

    Villalpando's family cannot afford her funeral, a family spokesperson said. Donations can be made Chase Bank under the name of the teen's father, Ricardo Villalpando.

    Three men -- Juan Garnica Jr., 18; Enrique Prado, 19; and Jose Becerra, 20 -- were charged in connection with the girl's death. Garnica was ordered held Monday on $5 million bail.

    Detectives said Villalpando went to visit Garnica and Prado at Prado’s home after she left home, and during the meeting Villalpando was hit several times in the head with a hammer. Her body was then stuffed into a tote-type container, police said, and allegedly hidden in a garage. Villalpando’s body was burned in a barrel in the backyard, police said.

    The preliminary cause of Villalpando’s death was blunt force trauma to the head.

    Garnica was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson. Prado was charged with a count of arson and concealment of a homicide, and Becerra was charged with one count of concealment of a homicide.