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Marlen Ochoa-Lopez
CHICAGO — Nearly a month before the murder of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, Clarisa Figueroa allegedly told her daughter, “I need help killing a pregnant woman and taking a baby.” That’s just one of the horrific details that prosecutors revealed in bond court Friday. Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, who are charged with Ochoa-Lopez’s murder, were denied bond Friday. Clarisa’s boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak, who is charged with the concealment of a homicide, was also denied bond. On April 23, Ochoa-Lopez went to the Figueroa home to pick up free baby clothes. Authorities said she made the arrangements with Clarisa Figueroa through a Facebook group. Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant at the time.
Left to right: Piotr Bobak, 40. Desiree Figueroa, 24. Clarisa Figueroa, 46. (Chicago Police Department)
Prosecutors said Desiree Figueroa distracted the victim with a photo album of her late brother while Clarisa Figueroa strangled Ochoa-Lopez. Prosecutors said she managed to get her fingers under the cord around her neck and Clarisa Figueroa yelled at her daughter, “You’re not doing your f—ing job!” Desiree Figueroa then pried Ochoa-Lopez’s fingers from the cord while Clarisa Figueroa continued to strangle the teen, prosecutors said. Ochoa-Lopez’s baby boy was cut from her womb after she was killed, prosecutors said. Hours later that same day, Clarisa Figueroa came running out of the home claiming she had just given birth to a baby boy and that he wasn’t breathing. The baby was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, Chicago fire officials confirmed. The boy, Yadiel Yovany Lopez, remains hospitalized on life support and is in grave condition, presumably from a lack of oxygen before birth. Prosecutors said Clarisa Figueroa set up a GoFundMe for the baby, who was in the NICU, before the deception was revealed. An attorney for Desiree Figueroa said she is four months pregnant. Funeral arrangements for Ochoa-Lopez have not yet been released.