Casino Murder

The estranged boyfriend of a Lake Tahoe hotel maid hid in a closet and bludgeoned her with a hammer, police said in court documents.

The body of Jazmin Gonzalez-Morgado, 22, was found Sunday in an 8th floor room at the Horizon Casino Resort.

Her estranged boyfriend, Ramiro Valasquez-Galicia, 35, is charged with her murder. Another man, 23-year-old Evan Garcia, is under arrest for accessory to murder.

Authorities said the woman had a restraining order against Galicia.

According to a police affidavit filed in Tahoe Township Justice Court, Galicia said he wanted to tape the woman's mouth shut so he could talk to her. But once she entered the room, the situation got out of hand and he killed her.

Police said Garcia told investigators he left the room at 5 a.m. Sunday and wasn't with Galicia when the killing occurred. When he returned to the room, he saw the body and told hotel staff Gonzalez needed medical attention, records stated.

Court documents say detectives found a bloody hammer, scissors, two rolls of duct tape, a utility razor and a wig at the scene.

Meanwhile, the family that cared for, lived and worked with Gonzalez-Morgado said she was trying to leave her abusive relationship with Galicia.

The couple had been together for seven years, and Gonzalez-Morgano was saving money to bring her son from Mexico, friends said.

Christina Santibanez said they introduced Gonzalez-Morgado to their church, and she thrived in developing her faith when she moved into their home about a month ago with their three children.

Gonzalez-Morgado had reached out to the family in December when "she got fed up" with the alleged beatings, daughter Wendy Santibanez said.


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