‘Real-life horror story’: Houston Murderer Used Hammer To Kill Ex-Girlfriend; Committed Another Murder With Similar Details

Man committed multiple murders

Luis Moron Romero, 40, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a woman he had a relationship with in 2018.

“Once again, we see that an abusive relationship can easily escalate to murder, which is why we take all allegations of domestic violence so seriously.”  “Whatever you call it – domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, dating abuse, or intimate partner violence – it is all serious and can be deadly.”  – Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.

Authorities found Marquez’s body in the truck later that night. Detectives with the Houston Police Department used her cellphone data to show that she had been to Romero’s apartment complex.

They checked surveillance video, which had Marquez going into the apartment and then Romero leaving with a body in the rolled carpet. When confronted with the footage, Romero admitted his involvement.

Romero was arrested days after the death of 38-year-old Maria Marquez. Police said he had hit her in the head at least six times with a hammer, then put her body in her own truck, drove it to a nearby vacant lot, and abandoned it, according to police.

While in custody for the murder of Marquez, a tipster left information about a similar murder in Pasadena that took place before Marquez, where the victim had been stuffed into their car and abandoned.

The killings of the mother of three were a “real-life horror story,” according to Assistant District Attorney Anthony Osso. Who also added, “She was family-oriented and didn’t deserve to die like that.”

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