Robert Crowe - Express-News
The woman's death was the 96th homicide of the year, according to police. But even with the spike, the total was still seven fewer than in the same period last year, police said.
The woman, shot at least once in the back of her head, was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. She did not have an identification card on her.
“We're hoping someone comes forward with information,” said Officer Joe Rios, a police spokesman.
“She looked real young, like maybe 19 years old,” said Reggie Williams, who discovered the body.
Rios said Sanchez was on his way to pick up a female friend when his car broke down. Police think she had been in an altercation with two other men at a party before she left to meet Sanchez.
Michael Guerra, 18, was charged with murder and given a $75,000 bond, and Robert Valle III, 18, was charged with deadly conduct and had a $7,500 bond, according to county records.
Sanchez's death was one of three homicides Saturday. The first happened in the 2000 block of West Gerald Avenue. Police received a call at 2 a.m. about a male stabbing victim at Southwest General Hospital.
The men fled in a blue van with a third man. Police think they attempted to burn the van to conceal the crime.
“It's unfortunate when we have these spikes, but people need to understand we are still a safe city,” he said.
Staff Writer Michelle Mondo contributed to this report.