In Facebook post, senator questions father’s role in Lilly Garcia’s death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The controversy between outgoing Democratic Senate Leader Michael Sanchez and one Albuquerque family continued this week with one Facebook post.

Tuesday, Sanchez called out the father of 4-year-old Lilly Garcia asking why he wasn’t charged for his role in the road rage incident that led to his daughter’s death.

The post created a mixed reaction; some people agreed with Senate leader saying “from day one I’ve been asking the same thing.”

Others called him a “piece of work” and a “bully.”

Before Sanchez was voted out of office, the mothers of Manzano High School teen Jaydon Chavez-Silver and 4-year-old Lilly Garcia appeared in a political ad accusing him of “cradling criminals.”

The group behind the ad, Advance New Mexico Now.

“Senator Michael Sanchez says we’re just emotional,” Veronica Garcia said.

In the Facebook post, without getting specific, Sanchez references recent DUI cases in which children were in the vehicle and the adults were charged with child abuse. He goes on to say, “But a father who starts road rage incident with children in vehicle walks away without any charges…”

Just after his lost two weeks ago, Veronica and Nicole Chavez-Lucero spoke with KRQE News 13 saying, “We wanted him to know we experienced a loss that that a lot of people never have to live through. We fought for a babies and we won.”

As KRQE News 13 reported, Sanchez has said he may soon take the group behind the attack ads, Advance New Mexico Now, to court. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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