New Details Emerge in Weekend Murder Investigation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/14/05

New Details Emerge in Weekend Murder Investigation

Michelle Lovato Michelle Lovato

New information in the murder of a Lubbock woman. NewsChannel 11 has learned the knife Steven Lovato is accused of using to kill his wife, Michelle Lovato, was a knife from her own kitchen.

Michelle lived in North Lubbock with her three children. Family members said she had so much to look forward to, she was one year away from finishing nursing school. She was in the process of getting a divorce, but everything would change Saturday morning when he arrived at the house, looking for Michelle.

On Monday afternoon, the carefree sounds of children filled the air, but Saturday night their mother, Michelle Lovato, was kidnapped and killed.

Her sister, Joanna Ramos was waiting for her when she heard, "She was the world to us, she was a mother a daughter, a sister. She was the best person and she was loved by everybody."

Her brother, Ruben, said, "She didn't deserve any of this."

Lovato was going through a divorce. She and her husband were no longer living together. Police said Steven kicked in the front door of Michelle's house and began arguing with her brothers. They left shortly after. Steven then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and forced Michelle to leave with him. Police said Steven stabbed her multiple times and left her in a van near 106th and Chicago. A relative turned Lovato in and he then led police to the body.

Ruben said, "He took my sister and God forgive him because I don't know if I can."

Michelle's family is now planning her funeral. And her children, ages nine, seven and three will grow up without their mother.

"She's going to be gone and those kids aren't going to have a mom, they're not going to have anybody. All they have is us left, that's never going to be good enough for them," said Joanna.

The funeral is tentatively set for Wednesday afternoon.

Steven remains in the Lubbock County Jail. He's being charged with aggravated kidnapping and murder.

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