Businesses sponsor candlelight vigil for 10-year-old Victoria Martens

Victoria Martens
Victoria Martens


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)Victoria Martens’ murder has people in Albuquerque feeling helpless and outraged and they want to know what they can do to help.

On Tuesday night, another vigil was held but unlike others in recent years, this one had 15 sponsors.

The volunteer group New Mexico Angels along with the City of Albuquerque and the Lady Royals hosted the vigil at dusk in the middle of Civic Plaza.

The tragic death of 10-year-old Victoria Martens is something everyone’s trying to understand, but can’t.

“I have two children at home and I would do anything for them, so I can’t understand how this could happen,” Margie Chavez said. “The hands that were supposed to protect her were the hands that hurt her.”

Chavez is part of New Mexico Angels. She said Tuesday night was about remembering Martens and allowing complete strangers the chance to grieve.

“To make sure that Victoria is remembered in every possible, positive way,” she said. “She needs to be remembered as a beautiful innocent child.”

More than a dozen businesses sponsored the candlelight vigil by donating items or gift cards from their shops. Organizers put together a raffle with all of the items but said they’re still unsure where the money will go.

“Right now we’re undecided exactly where the money will go but we will be working with Chief Eden to make that final decision,” Chavez said.

APD said it will help the group decide what to do with the money from the raffle.

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