In My Backyard
Everytime I see her face on the news, I scan my memory to see if she's in there somewhere. This happened too close to home. I have passed the street where this woman lived and died countless times just as I have crossed at the corner where her boyfriend said he left her body. I wonder if I have ever been at the playground with my daughter when Monica Lozada and her daughter Valery were there.
Que tragedia and this is one that we know about. How many other women are abused and killed by their partners or ex-partners and we never hear of them?
What has disturbed me the most , besides the actual murder of this young mother, is the talk that surrounds it. Men have actually written that Monica Lozada deserved what she got because according to the accused killer, she was cheating. As if anything justifies leaving a four year old without her mother in such a brutal way.
This just goes to show just how deep in a culture of violence against women we live in.