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 Lisa Vickie Martinez

Lisa Vickie Martinez

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 1 Apr 1992 (aged 16)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 12 W 165 7
Memorial ID 36682 · View Source
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Our precious Angel, Lisa Vickie Martinez, age 16, was found July 26, 1995 after being missing for 3 1/2 years.

Born January 19, 1976 in Salt Lake City, the daughter of Loraine Martinez.

Lisa loved modern dance, roller skating, enjoyed music. A very friendly girl, who wanted to be a model.

Survived by mother, sisters, Veronica, Jessica and Sandra, Grandma Rose, Uncles and Aunt, Jake, Steve, Del and MaryAnn.

Services will be held Thursday, August 31, 1995 at 11 a.m., Memorial Estates Mortuary, 5850 So. 900 East. Interment: Murray City Cemetery.

Source-Deseret News Tuesday, August 29, 1995 Obituary


By Amy Donaldson, Staff Writer

Some 3 1/2 years after their deaths and just more than a month after their bodies were unearthed, Lisa Martinez and Tuesday Roberts were buried again.

But this time it wasn't by uncaring strangers, it was by grieving family and friends. Tuesday Malisa Roberts, 15, and her friend, Lisa Vickey Martinez, 16, disappeared March 30, 1992. The girls were on their way to Valley Fair Mall.

A prison inmate, Roberto Arguelles, led police to their bodies July 26, saying he saw a group of men bury the girls there but was afraid to come forward at the time. The bodies were buried on the West Salt Lake pig farm owned by Arguelles' uncle.

For the families it was a chance to close a chapter in their lives. Relatives say time has not dulled the pain of losing the girls.

Roberts' funeral was on Tuesday at the Kearns 6th Ward LDS Chapel. The youngest of four children, Tuesday was remembered as spirited and beautiful.

"For three years we waited, considered the worst, yet hoped for the best," said her brother Shawn Roberts.

"Whenever I see a beautiful sunset she'll be there looking back at me... If I hear a beautiful song, she'll speak to me."

"The definition of love and innocence have changed for us; Tuesday, I'll always love you."

Her aunt, Karen Roberts Rigby, said Tuesday's fate didn't seem fair.

"I'm thankful we finally know where you are," Rigby said. "My heart aches for me and the others left behind. I'm so sorry we didn't know and couldn't help you. I guess there's no sense in trying to make sense of the situation."

Lisa Vickey Martinez was laid to rest in the Murray City Cemetery Thursday morning. Her younger sister, Veronica, read a poem she'd written for Lisa. After hurrying through the verses, she sat down and sobbed on her mother's shoulder.

"She was so good," Veronica Martinez, 17, said afterward. "I can't believe this had to happen to her. I feel so empty because I'd always tell her my secrets. Now I don't have anybody to tell them to."

Lisa Martinez was described as generous and loving. She was the oldest of four girls in a tight-knit family. Veronica Martinez said her sister's disappearance and death have been the hardest on her mother.

"We still have a lot of pain and suffering. We will for a long time."

Shawn Roberts said real closure won't occur until someone is charged with killing the girls.

The case against Arguelles appears to be getting stronger. Investigators brought a potential witness to Utah from Bakersfield, Calif., on Aug. 16.

Officials won't comment on who it was or what he or she saw but they say it strengthens the case against the prison inmate.

Deseret News Friday, September 1, 1995 Deseret News

Roberto Arguelles died on 11/23/2003 while on Utah's death row awaiting execution. - Find A Grave contributor DogMama08




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
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