Patricia Alatorre Wiki – Patricia Alatorre Biography
Patricia Alatorre was a girl who just turned 13 is believed to be dead and police have Armando Cruz, of Inglewood, in custody on suspicion of her sexual assault and murder, local media reported Tuesday.
Patricia Alatorre Missing
Patricia Alatorre disappeared on July 1 and was considered a missing person until Monday night when law enforcement informed the family that she was dead and a planned Black Lives Matter demonstration in front of the family home became a tearful vigil, the Bakersfield Californian reported.
UPDATE: Police release image of suspicious vehicle spotted around time of 13-year-old girl’s disappearance https://t.co/R7OadIHAvu
— KGET 17 News (@KGETnews) July 5, 2020
Patricia Alatorre Suspect Arrested
Cruz, 24, was arrested Sunday and faces numerous charges allegedly related to the girl’s death.
Patricia’s family initially thought she had run away from home. Her mother told local NBC affiliate KGET that Patricia made a “makeshift person” in her bed by stuffing pajamas under the cover, but she had never tried to run away before.
Bakersfield Police told @23ABCNews this is one of the worst cases they have ever seen.
BPD has booked an Inglewood man for murder and sexual assault charges in the missing case of a 13-year-old girl from Bakersfield. pic.twitter.com/NWDL0b7TCa
— Danielle Kernkamp (@D_Kernkamp) July 6, 2020
Patricia Alatorre Family
Her family tried to locate her cellphone, but found that the signal cut off south of Bakersfield, the outlet reported.
On July 4, police released to the public an image of a white truck they said was spotted in the area around 11:30 p.m. on the night of Patricia’s disappearance. The truck led them to their suspect, local ABC affiliate 23 News reported.
About 300 people gathered Monday night in front of Patricia’s family’s home amid candles, toys and memorials to the girl family and friends affectionately called “Slim,” Univision reported.
Community advocacy group Thee Next Step was part of the vigil and posted video to Facebook of the event.
“Bakersfield lost a daughter this tragic day,” they wrote. “But, heaven gained an angel. And, she will see justice. The family that is Kern County will see it through!”
Patricia’s family has set up a GoFundMe page in hope of giving her the “best ceremony possible.”
Vivianna Alatorre said on the page that police described the murder as “one of the worst cases they’ve seen.” However, she insisted that Patricia be remembered for her love and personality — not as a victim.