I knew this girl. I knew her when she was a very young, awkward, pre-teen. She lived down the street from me in Miami, alone, with her father. I remember her being picked on for being "strange" and I remember the few (two?) Christmas holidays my partner and I walked down the street with bags of toys for her, "just because." We decided to take TOYS FOR TOTS personally, and kept it in our neighborhood. I never saw any agency there checking on her. I exchanged few words with her father, a man of dubious mental acumen.
This girl, Jennifer, spoke the very first words to me as a new resident of that Miami town. It was about a calico cat which had taken up residence on our property...long before we became known as the "feline underground railroad" harbouring some 13 cats of various markings and various temperments.
"That cat's name is Goldie. She's always around."
Perfect name for a calico. Goldie.
And now Jennifer is dead. Leaving behind three children, and a father who is alleged to have killed Jennifer, their mother.
I'm just sick thinking of the whole fucking thing.
That vicious fucking cycle which helps no one,
and damns the future.
Husband reportedly confesses to killing wife after snatching her away from Webcam conversation with another man
By Rebecca Panoff
Sunday, January 13, 2008
PORT ST. LUCIE — Jennifer Mae Alvarez’s online boyfriend saw a man’s hand grab her while they were talking via Webcam on New Year’s Eve.
After she told him to “hold on,” she never returned to finish their conversation.
Her husband, Christopher Alvarez, 36, was arrested Friday night after confessing to stabbing Jennifer Alvarez, 24, to death on New Year’s Eve, according to an arrest affidavit obtained Saturday.
Jennifer Alvarez’s body was found Wednesday evening on a canal bank at West Angle Road near the Florida’s Turnpike overpass. An autopsy report indicated she had been stabbed twice – in the neck and abdomen — with the latter wound being fatal, according to the affidavit.
Jennifer Alvarez told her boyfriend in Arizona that she and her husband had been arguing and Christopher Alvarez had threatened to hurt her, the affidavit states. The boyfriend also saw Christopher Alvarez in the background while he and Jennifer Alvarez were talking online.
Christopher Alvarez confessed to killing his wife after he took a lie detector test administered by St. Lucie County Sheriff’s officials and “numerous inconsistencies” were noted, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said Saturday.
According to the affidavit, Christopher Alvarez told detectives he and Jennifer Alvarez were fighting on New Year’s Eve and she came at him with a knife, cutting him on the hands and on the back of the leg. Christopher Alvarez told detectives he choked Jennifer Alvarez and stabbed her with the knife in their home in the 630 block of Southwest Ivanhoe Drive after disarming her, the affidavit states. Alvarez told detectives he wrapped her body in a blanket and left her on the canal bank where she was found.
The couple’s three young children are being taken care of by Christopher Alvarez’s family, according to Mascara.
According to the affidavit, Jennifer Alvarez’s boyfriend called 911 on Jan. 1 and told dispatchers he was concerned for her well being. Port St. Lucie Police officers were sent to the home, but no one answered, the affidavit states. The boyfriend also called the state Department of Children & Families about Jennifer Alvarez, and a DCF representative called 911 on Jan. 2 to report the information.
According to Mascara, the Alvarezes were getting divorced and had a court date for Jan. 2.
Thursday, detectives served a search warrant at the Alvarez home, seized Jennifer Alvarez’s computer, and documented the online conversations that took place shortly before she was killed.
The evidence officials obtained from Jennifer Alvarez’s computer was valuable, Mascara said.
“The person she was speaking to (online) reported to us that yes, in fact, he saw her (husband) enter the view of the Webcam and that was last time she was ever seen. We had a witness who placed them together,” Mascara said.
Jennifer Alvarez was arrested in September for aggravated domestic battery and a violation of a domestic violence injunction, according to an arrest affidavit from the incident. Christopher Alvarez was also arrested on a charge of violation of a domestic violence injunction in the same incident, according to an arrest affidavit.
There was a domestic violence injunction already in place from a previous incident, and both violated it by having drinks and dinner together, the affidavit states.
Christopher Alvarez was being held at the St. Lucie County Jail on no bond late Saturday.