A man and a woman are facing charges in a stabbing and intentional hit-and-run of City Heights mom, San Diego Police (SDPD) announced Thursday.
Jasmine Ruiz, 29, was found pinned beneath a vehicle in the west alley of Wilson and Polk Avenue near Edison Elementary School on April 20th. She died on the scene.
Initially, police said Ruiz had possibly been physically assaulted before the driver of the vehicle hit her.
But an autopsy showed Ruiz had been stabbed in her upper body.
Witness told officers that two men and woman with bloody clothing ran away from the scene.
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Christina Daniel, 32, for a felony warrant on April 26th. Marco Antonio Gutierrez, 29, was also arrested for an outstanding warrant.
Both were charged in Ruiz’s death after homicide detectives concluded that Daniel stabbed Ruiz and Gutierrez was the driver of the vehicle that hit her, said SDPD.
"She was loved," Ruiz's mother Lydia Morales told NBC 7.
Lydia says this arrest means victory and justice for their family. But she also expressed symphathy for the suspects' families and said no family should have to go through the same thing.
"What they did to our family, they did to their own family. What they did to my daughter, they killed my daughter, they killed their own mother. They killed their own family, their own children," she said.
Lydia says what the suspects did have hurt the everyone in their community.
"We haven't come forward because we were waiting for this day. There is one more out there. And believe me, just like I said, the bees hide in the honeycomb and smoke draws them out. And God will smoke them out," she said.
A funeral will be held at the Chapel of the Roses Glenn Abbey on Bonita Road at 10 a.m on May 10th. It is open to the public.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral costs.
Gutierrez was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and a felony hit and run. Daniel was charged with one count of murder.
The identity of the third suspect, a man, is still unknown.
If you have any information, you are asked to call the Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293.