Aurora woman charged with murder in stabbing death
BY ERIKA WURST firstname.lastname@example.org October 4, 2013 11:12AM
Updated: November 7, 2013 6:38AM
AURORA — The city marked its third homicide early Friday morning after a woman allegedly stabbed her cousin to death, before wounding her husband.
Amy Zuniga, 44, of the 800 block of Front Street, faces two counts of first degree murder in the death of Reynaldo Galvan, 68, of the same address. She was also charged with one count of attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of her 40-year-old husband, according to Aurora Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli.
Police were called to the home around 1:40 a.m. to help paramedics deal with a possibly suicidal woman.
Zuniga was found in the living room with her 40-year-old husband, and both had suffered “superficial” stab wounds, police said.
Zuniga told officers to go to the basement, where her 68-year-old cousin was found lying on the floor with a knife in his chest, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Ferrelli said.
Police believe that after stabbing her cousin, Zuniga tried to stab her husband and they struggled. The man was able to wrestle the knife away from his wife, but was stabbed in the buttocks.
Police believe the wounds on Zuniga were self-inflicted, according to Ferrelli.
The preliminary autopsy report indicates that Galvan died from a single stab wound to the chest. He also had apparent defensive wounds on his arms and hands.
Zuniga is in the process of being transported from an Aurora hospital to the Aurora Police lockup. She is currently expected to appear for bond call tomorrow morning.
Third murder of year
Ferrelli said Friday’s homicide is the city’s third this year.
The September death of 31-year-old Lamar House, who was found not breathing in an Ohio Street home, has not been classified as a homicide, Ferrelli said. A 19-year-old woman was questioned following House’s death, but she has not been charged. That case is being handled as a death investigation, Ferrelli said.
Police believe House had his chest punctured by the sharp edge of a plastic comb during an argument.
The city’s last homicide happened on April 23, when Joliet resident Quiane Smith was shot to death outside a home in the 1000 block of Spruce Street.
Smith, 26, was pronounced dead on the scene after police arrived around 9 p.m. They found Smith lying in the yard of a home with a gunshot to his head.
Since then, Smith’s mother, Sara Jackson, has made it her mission to find her son’s killers. She has traveled to Aurora several times to canvass the neighborhood for information about the deadly shooting. No one has been charged with the crime.
In 2012, Aurora went the entire year without a murder. On Jan. 31, Aurora’s murder-free streak came to an end when an 18-year-old woman was found beaten and burned beyond recognition at a Montgomery park.
Police charged three men with their participation in the murder of Abigail Villalpando, who police said was beaten to death with a hammer in an Aurora home before her body was set on fire.
Reporter Stephanie Lulay contributed to this report.