ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Three days after the shocking murder of an elderly woman in her northeast Albuquerque home, police say they have no suspects.
That’s not sitting well with the people who knew 87-year-old Josephina Ortega who everyone knew as Josie.
“I freaked out when I heard about it, being a quiet neighborhood like it is,” neighbor Victor Linam said.
Ortega has lived in the same house on Euclid Court for the last 45 years. Neighbors say it’s a peaceful neighborhood.
“You see people talking, walking their dogs and stuff like that. Everybody is real friendly around here,” Linman said.
Neighbors describe it as a quiet, well-kept neighborhood where a majority of the people know each other.
In fact, they look out for one another, but somehow one of their beloved neighbors was murdered.
Ortega’s granddaughter, Alana Rodriguez, didn’t want to go on camera, but tells KRQE News 13 the family knew something wasn’t right on Friday when a friend came to pick Ortega up for lunch and she never answered the door.
It wasn’t long before they found out what had happened to Ortega.
“Surprised. It was right next door to me and she was a very nice lady,” Ortega’s neighbor Don Carter Jr. said.
Carter has known Ortega for about 15 years. He says she was a gentle woman who loved everyone.
“Just a very nice person. Friendly person. She’d help you out anyway she could,” he said.
Neighbors don’t understand why Ortega was a target.
“She was an innocent victim. I don’t understand how somebody can take advantage of somebody like that,” Carter said.
Until a motive and the killer are found, neighbors say they will be sleeping with one eye open.
Police are not revealing any more details about Ortega’s death.
Police are asking anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 843-STOP. There is a reward, and CrimeStoppers is the best way for them to stay anonymous.