‘She did not deserve to die’: Family mourns loss of 25-year-old El Paso woman set on fire as search for killer continues
UPDATE, Nov. 12: EL PASO, Texas — The family of a 25-year-old El Pasoan whose body was found burned in Midland last week received her remains on Friday.
It took Midland County Sheriff’s investigators six days to identify Saffire Armenta’s remains.
“I can’t believe thats she’s dead and I’m not going to see her again, she was such a happy child,” said Armenta’s grandmother, Hortencia de la Rosa.
She told ABC-7 that her granddaughter moved to Midland four years ago in search of better opportunities, and now pleads for justice as the death investigation continues.
“I just want justice for my granddaughter, I hope and pray to God they find the people that killed her because it’s not fair,” she said.
The Sheriff’s Office said Armenta’s death was a homicide, but no arrests have yet been made.
ORIGINAL REPORT, Nov. 10: MIDLAND, Texas — A 25-year-old El Paso native has been identified as the woman whose burned body was discovered in Midland last week.
In a news release, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office said Saffire M. Armenta had been set on fire and called her death a case of homicide.
“Saffire Armenta was a native to El Paso, she played softball and was a cheerleader for the T-Birds in the Lower Valley,” family friend Monica Almanza told ABC-7 in an email on Wednesday. “She would brighten up a room with her smile and contagious laugh. She did not deserve to die.”
Sheriff’s officials said her body was discovered by Midland firefighters who responded to a report of a fire on the evening of Nov. 2. But firefighters indicated there was no fire, just a burned body at the scene in the 5000 block of FM 1213.
No arrests have yet been made in the case and authorities urged anyone with information about the murder to call the Midland County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit at 432-688-4600.
Meantime, friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help Armenta’s family bring her body home to El Paso for a funeral service and burial.