Raleigh, N.C. — The roommate and longtime buddy of a girl discovered useless in her Raleigh condo over the weekend was ordered held with out bond Thursday in her loss of life.
Erick Gael Hernandez-Mendez, 20, is charged with homicide within the loss of life of Christina Maria Matos.
Her physique was discovered on the Signature 1505 advanced on Hillsborough Road on Sunday after her mother and father stated they hadn’t heard from her and requested police to enter her condo to test on her.
“There isn’t any purpose, no excuse to simply take somebody’s life away, somebody as lovely as her,” Matos’ older brother, Abraham Matos, advised WRAL Information on Thursday. “There isn’t any want, no want to remove somebody’s life like that, particularly [someone] as shut as her roommate, as a result of that is how shut that particular person was – somebody trusted.”
Christina Matos and Hernandez-Mendez had been buddies since center faculty and graduated from Clayton Excessive College final yr. They each shared the Raleigh condo with a 3rd Clayton Excessive classmate.
Her father, Gerardo Matos, stated he and his spouse final heard from their daughter final Friday, which was her twentieth birthday. Christina Matos had known as and texted them and gave the impression to be in superb spirits, he stated.
Later, the household turned frightened after they could not get in contact together with her. On Saturday, her mother and father drove from Clayton to Raleigh to search for her.
They stated Hernandez-Mendez got here immediately after they known as him over the weekend and helped within the seek for her. He additionally attended her vigil Tuesday night time, they stated.
Members of the family stated they’ve requested Raleigh police to proceed investigating the case as a result of they imagine others may need been concerned in Christina Matos’ loss of life.
“He might have executed it, however perhaps another person helped open the door to her condo or have been an confederate,” Gerardo Matos stated. “My daughter, my lovely princess, she was in her room sleeping when this occurred.”
“What was the motive? What motivated this man? I must know what the motive was. What was the rationale?” he added.
“One thing tells me there’s extra,” agreed Abraham Matos, who stated Hernandez-Mendez’s arrest brings him no reduction.
“I wish to ensure that is the one hundred pc fact, that it really occurred, as a result of I do know that she deserves that greater than something,” he stated. “I don’t need anybody to be hiding the actual fact or something or simply mendacity about one thing. I must know if that is actually what occurred.”
Christina Matos’ buddies obtained emotional after Hernandez-Mendez’s transient courtroom listening to on Thursday, insisting there’s a second suspect.
“A hundred percent, we really feel like anyone else is concerned,” Jimmy Ferrell stated.
“There’s one thing else happening. We want these solutions,” Nijiah Williams stated. “There’s one thing else.”
“We right here for justice for Christina,” Gerardo Matos stated after the listening to. “That is the start for an extended, lengthy lengthy course of.”
Christina Matos had a troublesome childhood however was turning her life round in Raleigh, her brother stated. She was working a number of jobs and saving cash for college, he stated.
“She modified lots of issues that have been onerous for her to make it simpler for her,” he stated. “She wished to maintain enhancing her life, wished to maintain transferring ahead, and I’ve all the time wished to inform her how proud I used to be. I want I might have stated extra.”
A funeral for Christina Matos is deliberate for midday subsequent Monday at Lea Funeral Residence Chapel, 2500 Poole Highway in Raleigh.