Jun 30, 2014 10:44 PM by Lupita Murillo

N4T Crimetackers: Maribel's father speaks out

TUCSON - The family of a Tucson teenager is mourning her death after her body was found earlier this month in the desert near Trico and West Avra Valley Road.

On Friday, Maribel Victoria Gonzales, 13, was identified. Her family says they last saw her on June 3 and reported her missing the next day.

Maribel's father says his little girl had dreams of becoming a race car driver, she loved sports and shopping.

"She was a good kid, she had a big heart, she tried to make people smile and she touched a lot of people," said Adrian Gonzalez.

Adrian Gonzalez is still in disbelief that his daughter is gone. "You just feel hollow inside, you just walk around hollow and you feel like you don't have your heart anymore."

He last saw his daughter June 1; he says Maribel left home to spend the night with a friends on June 3. The following day, her mother reported her missing and contacted her ex-husband. "We knew something was wrong when she wasn't contacting nobody at all," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez says she never made it to her friend's house. "I just walked in, her mom was crying watching the news, they showed the report and by the description they were showing I automatically knew it was her," he said.

As if the family hasn't gone through enough heartache, Maribel's mother, Valerie Colangee, was the sole survivor of the double homicide on New Year's day. Calongee and her boyfriend, Patrick Balbastro, stopped to help a woman who was being beaten, that's when Tucson Police say, Michael Leday then ran over all three people and killed two.

"She's not doing too good, she's taking this pretty hard," said Gonzalez on the mother's condition.

To make matters even worse, someone hacked into another young girls Facebook account and admitted to killing Maribel.

Gonzales is pleading with those responsible, "if they can please stop, it's not helping anything, it's just making things worse."

Pima County Sheriff's Homicide Unit is waiting on the autopsy to find out the cause of death.

If you have any information that could help detectives please call 911 or 88-CRIME.


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