The family of 31-year-old Patricia Rodriguez says words cannot express the pain and confusion they feel knowing their mother, their aunt, their loved one is gone forever.
"She's just caring, no matter what the situation was, she's just always caring and happy," said Clarissa Garza, Rodriguez's niece.
On June 29, the Dawson County Sheriff's Office received a call from a local resident saying he had found what he believed to be human remains in western Dawson County.
The Sheriff's Office confirmed the skeletal remains were human and a death investigation began.
"It's been a couple weeks that rumors around town were being said. So we reported her missing - my mom reported her missing - and we just found out yesterday morning that someone confessed to it," said Garza.
On July 15, 32-year-old Miguel Lugo was arrested after he confessed to killing Patricia Rodriquez. He was charged with 1st degree murder.
"I would have never guessed he would do anything like that. He was far from being mean or ugly to anybody - to her, to us," she said.
"This came out of the blue," said Lyzandra Cavazos, another one of Rodriquez's nieces.
Her family tells us the two knew each other and dated previously, but no one ever expected their relationship to end in tragedy.
The Sheriff's Office says they believe the skeletal remains are those of Rodriquez but they are waiting on official autopsy results to confirm.
"In situations like this, it brings us a lot closer - makes us realize family is everything," Garza said.
Rodriguez's daughter Elizabeth Rodriguez said if she could, she would tell her mom that she loves her and she would ask Lugo why he did what he did.
Lugo's wife did not want to make a comment, but Lugo's sisters said they would like to send their condolences to the Rodriquez family.
They said they apologize for what happened and their thoughts are with them.
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