Reported by Harry Hitzeman, Daily Herald
Not long before she was to start her shift as a waitress on Jan. 31, Aurora detectives claim, Abigail Villalpando met with two male friends to hang out at a home on the 400 block of Jefferson Street on the city’s east side.
One of the companions, Juan Garnica, asked the 18-year-old West Aurora High School senior to look at a dead turtle in the home’s aquarium.
As she bent down and peered into the tank, Garnica hit her in the head with a hammer seven times, the detectives say. He then rolled up her body in a blanket, storing it in a blue container in the rafters of his friend’s garage, they say.