She was beaten to death with a hammer, then burned beyond recognition. It’s the first murder in Aurora in more than a year.
The victim is Abigail Villalpando,18. Police say the suspects were her friends. Juan Garnica, Jr. is charged with the murder. Enrique Prado and Jose Becerra are accused of helping Garnica conceal the homicide.
On Thursday, Villalpando went to Prado’s home. Police say Garnica hit her several times in the head with a hammer, then drove her car to the High Street Bridge and set the car on fire. The next day, Garnica and Prado torched Villapando’s body in a container and Becerra helped them dump the remains in a wooded area in Montgomery, police said.
She was reported missing on Friday when she didn’t show up for her waitressing job at the Denny’s near Fox Valley Shopping Center. Villalpando had recently transferred to West Aurora High School. Grief counselors were at the school on Monday.
A judge set bail for Garnica at $5 million. Prado is being held on $100,000 bail. Becerra is due in bond court, Tuesday morning.
No motive has been released.