Slain girl's body brought back from Juarez


POSTED: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 7:28pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 7:29pm

Family can now plan funeral

The family of the victim in a murder suicide is preparing for her final farewell. The plans are moving forward now, days after Crystal Nevarez's body was found.

Still reeling from the loss of their beloved Crystal, the Lugo family now faces the nightmare of getting Crystal's body back to the U.S.. from Juarez. After Operation Hope stepped in with San Jose Funeral homes, her family is relieved to know they can respectfully say goodbye to Crystal.

"Crystal was at the medical examiner's office in Juarez and yesterday we worked throughout the day to have her transported to El Paso," said San Jose Funeral Director Stephen Vargas.

Friday morning, Crystal's family met with Operation Hope's Angel Gomez and funeral director Stephen Vargas to discuss funeral plans.

"There's an investigation surrounding it in Juarez and so that what makes it different from any other funeral planning," said Vargas.

On Monday, State police in Chihuahua found 20 year old Crystal Nevarez's body wrapped in a blanket at a dump in South Juarez. Police say her husband Johnnyray Nevarez had driven Crystal's body to Juarez and buried her in a shallow grave.Then, police say Nevarez shot and killed himself shortly after he allegedly confessed to a friend that he murdered Crystal.

"Situations like this where you have something tragic happen like that happen to a family and especially when you meet the sisters and the parents and things like that. I can only imagine what they're going through," said Vargas.

With the help of Operation Hope and the San Jose Funeral home, Crystal Nevarez will finally be laid to rest. While the Lugo family declined to comment on camera, they did express their gratitude for the help.

"They're helping us give the final farewell to Crystal. It really hits home. It's a tragedy on both sides of the family. The grieving process is a very hard one and this is the first step to it. As long as we leave a nice little legacy behind to help other people, that's the main thing to do," said Angel Gomez.

Crystal Nevarez's viewing will be Saturday evening from 3-9pm at San Jose Funeral home.

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