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$5M bail for Aurora man accused in beating death

She was beaten to death with a hammer, then burned beyond recognition. It’s the first murder in Aurora in more than a year.

Memorial for slain Aurora teenThe 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.


20 Comments to “$5M bail for Aurora man accused in beating death”

    keeping real said:
    February 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    my prayers to her prarents!!! those animals need to be put away for life!!!

      Windycityds said:
      February 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Here's some free education for you. Animals are innocent creatures who provide lifetimes of ppleasure and loyalty to humans. When you want to make an analogy to indicate how repulsive and sick a human is, find a better, more appropriate way.

        Just me said:
        February 5, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        Speaking as an animal lover…

        You are an idiot.
        Not all animals provide lifetimes of pleasure and loyalty to humans. Don't be a douche bag.
        When 'Keeping it real' used animals… I'm sure he/she meant that animals do not have a sense of right and wrong as humans do or should.

        Personally I do love animals and animals are innocent but don't sound like an idiot trying to 'educate' someone.

        Lloyd Christmas said:
        February 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        agree with 'Just Me'

    Ed B. said:
    February 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I agree. She was so sweet. May she rest is peace.

    COOKIE said:
    February 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM


    Jan said:
    February 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    The death penalty shoud be reinstated. Murderers like these waived their right to live when they commit such crime against the people.

    arubatom said:
    February 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Due to George (The Felon) Ryan, the death sentence isn't possible for these loe-lifes!!!

      imagem2 said:
      February 4, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      I believe that was our current Governor Quinn, signed the bill to abolish March 2011. As a matter of fact I think a Canadian came down and murdered a woman in Oak Brook shortly after it was abolished and even admitted researching to see if our state had the death penalty. PLEASE RESEARCH THE PEOPLE YOU VOTE IN OFFICE>

        Jan said:
        February 4, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        Yes, it was Quinn who shelved the death penalty.

    Bertha said:
    February 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    they need to rott in HELL!!!!

    3Fingers2013 said:
    February 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    hang the bastard

    Sister in christ said:
    February 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    My prayers to abigails parents and her family may she rest in peace . Am sad and angry what is going on with all this heartless people can we call them people . My love to the family .

    Katie said:
    February 5, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    These men should be punished and burned the exact same way they killed such an innocent precious women. My heart goes out to her family and friends, forever in our hearts <3 She is in a better place where no one else can hurt her or bring her down.

    3Fingers2013 said:
    February 5, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Guess they'll outlaw hammers now, huh?

      Reagan said:
      February 5, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      All we need is to outlaw republican mind people

        3Fingers2013 said:
        February 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        Let's see now……Chicago, New York,LA, Newark, Phoenix,ad nauseum all run by Democratic administrations. Chicago's so bad the Pervericator-in-Chief wants to send in the national guard…..and you worry about Republicans? Give me a break!Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

        Lloyd Christmas said:
        February 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        you both sound like jackasses. This isn't the article to be blogging about your political beliefs. Go occupy wall street or something you clowns.

    Jack Lane said:
    February 5, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    We love our pets and cry when they must be put to sleep.
    I beieve our state's killing would be curtailed if we chose once again to put our murderers and horrific
    life destroyer's to sleep.
    It's very humane and shows our state's people the "Light" at the end of their grieveing hearts.

    andrea price said:
    March 19, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    dont kill them because they would't be able to feel what her mother and father is going thought i hope the men in jail get his ass.

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