A Lubbock mother of four is the victim of an apparent murder in central Lubbock. Maria Perez, 32, was found dead in her apartment in the 2900 block of 45th Street just before 9:30 Friday morning. Police have arrested and charged Steve Ballesteros, 41, with murder.
Perez's body was found by a maintenance worker who was fulfilling a work order inside the residence. Witnesses Derek Skaggs says Perez's four young children were inside the apartment at the time.
"The two little kids asked him can you please wake up my mommy and he tried to wake her up -shook her a few times and she wouldn't wake up," Skaggs said.
Lubbock Police won't say how Perez was killed, but they believe Ballesteros is the one who committed the crime. Ballesteros was arrested after he drove by the scene and taunted police as they were investigating. A short time later, as police chased him, he crashed his vehicle in front of a store at 50th and Canton. Witness Mike Nece says he saw the entire incident.
"The policeman tackled him in front of the parking lot," Nece said.
Ballesteros was taken into custody and charged with Perez's murder. Police won't say what the relationship was between the pair. However, neighbors believe the two were living together inside the apartment.
Neighbors say they saw the couple argue from time to time, but never expected a crime like this to happen.
"You know, for this to happen, I just walked out and seen that. It kind of stunned me," neighbor Jonathan Gamboa said.
Perez worked in the cafeteria at Monterey High School for the past five years. Family members tell KCBD NewsChannel 11 that Perez was married, however her husband is currently in jail. As for her children, family members describe them as a 9 and 5-year-old boy, and 7-month-old twin girls.
Ballesteros remains in the Lubbock County Detention Center charged with Murder and Parole Violation. No bond has been set.
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