Family Mourns Murdered Mother of Three - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/14/05

Family Mourns Murdered Mother of Three

Today a man is in the Lubbock County Jail after police say he murdered his wife over the weekend. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta brings us the latest.

Authorities say 27-year-old Michelle Lovato was stabbed to death by her estranged husband. Meanwhile, her family continues to search for answers surrounding her murder. Police tell us 29-year-old Steven Carlo Lovato kidnapped the mother of three from her home around 3 a.m. Saturday. Then around nine that morning police received information from a relative saying Steven confessed to killing Michelle.

Police located Steven and arrested him. The suspect then led authorities to a van near 106th Street & Chicago Avenue. That's where they found Michelle's body with multiple stab wounds. Police say Michelle and Steven were in the process of a divorce.

Her family tells us she was a nursing student hoping to start a better life for her children. "She meant the world to us, she was a mother, a daughter, a sister. She was the best person, she was loved by everybody. She didn't deserve that, she didn't deserve to die like that," says Michelle's sister, Joanna Ramos.

Monday morning Lovato remains in the Lubbock County Jail. He is charged with murder and aggravated kidnapping. Michelle's family tells NewsChannel 11 they are looking after her three children until other arrangements are made.

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