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Mother's Day sad reminder victim's murder is unsolved

Eleanor Rodriguez stabbed to death in 2013

SAN ANTONIO – Instead of bringing her flowers on Mother’s Day, the children and grandchildren of murder victim Eleanor Rodriguez will only be able to celebrate her memory.

“They have to take her flowers to the cemetery,” said Betty Torres, a close friend and one of the last people to speak to Rodriguez in the early hours of May 17, 2013.

Torres said a day to honor mothers will be yet another sad reminder that Rodriguez’s case remains open and unsolved.

San Antonio police said at the time, a neighbor found Rodriguez bleeding and barely conscious outside her duplex. They said she’d been stabbed repeatedly, but it wasn’t a random act.

“She had so many defensive wounds on her, so many,” said Torres, who helped to identify Rodriguez’s body.

Her friend said Rodriguez was left nearly unrecognizable. Yet only a few hours earlier, in a phone call, Torres said that Rodriguez sounded “frantic and scared.”

Torres said she couldn’t disclose why because it could jeopardize the case that San Antonio police are actively investigating. But Torres did say that Rodriguez was “in fear for her life.”

Torres said Mother’s Day would be especially sad for the victim’s mother, Gloria Rodriguez.

Last year when Crime Stoppers was offering a $5,000 reward for information about the case, the grieving mother said, “From the bottom of my heart, I’m asking anybody to help me find who did this to my daughter.”

Torres said that is why she is asking on behalf of her friend’s family, “Give us some leads. Give us some answers.” She urges anyone with information, even if it is given anonymously, to contact San Antonio police.  

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