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04/19/2007


Family Wants Answers in Hit-and-Run Dragging Death of Lesbian

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A family in San Jose wants answers following the death of 20-year-old lesbian Leticia Martinez, who was struck by a car before being dragged two blocks and left in the middle of the street, to die just hours later in the hospital.

UPDATE: Police searching for ex-girlfriend - see second video, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Mercury News reports:

"Police released few details and said they were investigating the case as a 'suspicious death.' But Rhoda Martinez of Alviso said the victim was her daughter, Norma Leticia Martinez, who goes by Leticia. 'She was badly beaten,' she said. No arrests had been made by late Monday. Friends and the victim's mother said Leticia Martinez was a lesbian, and they suspect she may have been attacked by a man who threatened her in the past because of her sexuality.' She was a good girl; she worked hard,' her mother said. San Jose police officer Jermaine Thomas, spokesman for the department, said 'nothing shows this case is related to hate.' Residents of Michigan Street said they heard nothing in the early morning hours of Monday. Small groups gathered on street corners throughout the afternoon, and it was hard for them to stop talking about the young woman they called quiet and unassuming."

Watch ABC7's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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