Heartbroken mother speaks about death of her 18-year-old daughter

Heartbroken mother speaks about death of her 18-year-old daughter
Heartbroken mother speaks about death of her 18-year-old daughter (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - April Barbosa is grieving the loss of her 18-year-daughter Rosaura Hernandez who was killed Sunday, May 6.

Barbosa said she and her daughter were always in communication.

Sunday morning,  Barbosa d ropped Rosaura off at an apartment complex in the 1200 block of South Craycroft Road. She said Rosaura was having problems with her boyfriend, 21-year-old Joshua Hilaire and was planning on breaking up with him.

The two lived together in the apartment complex.

"It was 12 o'clock and I messaged her, on messenger and said 'hey babe, what's going on are you OK?' She said can you come get me? So I said OK. That was like 12:50," Barbosa said.

When she got there, Barbosa received no messages from her daughter and no one answered the door.

Perhaps it was a mother's intuition, but she knew something was wrong.

"My daughter does not just stop messaging for nothing," Barbosa said.

Barbosa called Tucson police. TPD responded but were unable to take any action based on the facts presented at the time. Barbosa said she called a few more times afterward.

She even posted on Facebook around 5 p.m. saying her daughter was still missing. Around 7 p.m., more than 6 hours after the last message from her daughter, she couldn't wait any longer.

"My mom just had enough and she kicked the window. We broke the window," she said.

When they entered the apartment, their worst fears became a reality.

"Nobody should ever have to do and see what we did and saw. I will never get that sight out of my mind. I will never stop feeling my daughter in my arms, her blood against me," Barbosa said.

Even though the suspect is still on the run, Barbosa said she'll set her anger aside.

"I hear my baby's voice in my head and I hear her telling me mom, you don't go fight people, you don't want revenge. You pray for them and you pray for yourself and God will give them what they deserve," Barbosa said.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-rosaura-barbosa-family

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