Mother Of 12-Year-Old Allegedly Murdered By Venezuelan Illegal Aliens Speaks Out
HOUSTON, TEXAS - JUNE 24: Alexis Nungaray, the mother of Jocelyn Nungaray, center, is embraced by Tiffany Carmona, left, and Jackie Major after speaking about her daughter during a news conference after Franklin Peña, one of the two men accused of killing the 12-year-old girl, appeared in court on Monday, June 24, 2024 in Houston. Peña was ordered held on $10 million bail as he, and another man, Johan Jose Rangel-Martinez, are charged with capital murder over the girl's death. They're accused of leading her under a bridge in north Houston, and then strangling her. Her body was found June 17 in the bayou near the 400 West Rankin Road.
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The mother of 12-year-old Jocelyn Nungaray spoke out on Monday at a press conference where prosecutors updated the public about criminal case against two illegal aliens from Venezuela who are accused of murdering the young girl.

Johan Jose Rangel Martinez, 21, and Franklin Jose Pena Ramos, 26, were each charged last week with capital murder in the killing of 12-year-old Jocelyn Nungaray in Houston, Texas. Both illegal aliens entered the U.S. as part of the border crisis that President Joe Biden created when he reversed the Trump administration’s policies after getting into office.

Investigators said that Nungaray was murdered via strangulation and police were able to trace the movements the suspects before and after the killing by using surveillance videos. Prosecutors said that the defendants “lured” Nungaray “under a bridge” where they “remained with her for over two hours, took her pants off, tied her up and killed her, then threw her body into the bayou.”

District Attorney Kim Ogg, a Democrat, said that the investigators are waiting to see if forensics evidence supports a sexual assault charge, which would turn the case into a death penalty case. The death penalty would also be on the table if evidence emerges that supports a kidnapping charge.

“I thank everybody for being here to make notice, a national notice, for my daughter. She was amazing,” said Alexis Nungaray, Jocelyn’s mother. “I still see her face in the back of my head every day, all day. Keep getting little signs about her throughout the days, and it’s just been a very, very hard time for me and my family. But the amount of support I’ve been getting from everybody … from the bottom of my heart so appreciated.”

“She definitely made people laugh,” she continued. “I’m always gonna remember those memories. She had such a bright future ahead of her, and I knew she was going to go very far. And, you know, these monsters took that opportunity from her, from our family of watching her. And I just want people to remember, I know this is a very high profile case, she was still my firstborn.”

Alexis Nungaray said that she was only 15 years old when she had her daughter and that she was a “teen mom” who fought for her.

“I’m 27 now, I’m still fighting for her,” she added. “And I’m just remembering that she was a very special little girl that deserves her justice. And I know she’s going to make a difference in this world for all children, and now it’s my job to make sure it continues to happen. I just want to say thank you.”


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