The mother of a San Ysidro woman found buried in her boyfriend's yard earlier this month will soon lay her daughter to rest.
With tears in her eyes, Lupita Gutierrez told NBC 7 she trusted the man who is now in jail accused of killing and burying her daughter in his backyard.
Through a translator, she said the suffering is unbearable.
"I don't have words to explain what I am feeling. It's something very painful. That no one can take away. I can't bring back my daughter, but I can ask for justice," Lupita Gutierrez said.
Her daughter Alejandra Gutierrez, 27, was found buried in her boyfriend’s backyard in Fontana just days after she was reported missing.
Gutierrez drove to her boyfriend's home in Fontana on December 30, according to family members.
When the mother of two didn't return a few days later, her family filed a missing persons report.
On January 10, her Mini Cooper found at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and Laurel Ave. in Fontana.
The family held out hope that Gutierrez would be found.
That hope was shattered on January 15, when police discovered a body buried in her boyfriend’s backyard. Gutierrez' boyfriend, 40-year-old Cesar Rosales, was arrested and booked for homicide.
A cadaver dog found the body during a search of Rosales' home. Detectives say he confessed to the crime.
Her mother says she talked to Rosales after reporting her daughter missing.
She says he was very calm and denied knowing Gutierrez's whereabouts, but now that conversation haunts the mother.
She also says burying her daughter this weekend is going to be agonizing.
“I didn’t want this day to come. Thank God we know where she is at; there were many days of searching and couldn’t find her. But I know this is going to be really hard, but she needs to rest,” Lupita Gutierrez said.
The coroner’s office is still determining exactly how Gutierrez died.
As the homicide investigation unfolds, the family has funeral services planned.
The services will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at One In Christ Church in National City.