A man has been arrested in connection to a 22-year-old woman who was fatally stabbed Sunday morning at a park in the Sabre Springs community of San Diego, the San Diego Police Department said.
The woman has been identified as Fatima Marin Cedillo, 22, of Poway, SDPD said.
According to police, during the course of their investigation, detectives identified the victim’s cousin, Uriel Cedillo, 22, of Poway as the suspect. Sunday, at 10:00 a.m., Uriel Cedillo was located at 12500 Oak Knoll Road by police and arrested for the murder of 22-year-old Fatima Cedillo.
On Sunday, police received two calls at about 2:30 a.m. of a woman who had been stabbed in the park in the 11500 block of Meadow Grass Lane, according to Lt. Andra Brown of the San Diego Police Department.
Officers dispatched to the location and found the victim suffering from at least one apparent stab wound to the upper body, Brown said. Paramedics rushed her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m.
A close friend of Fatima, Litzy Vazquez, told NBC 7 how she and Fatima were more like family.
"We all wanted to see each other grow up, we all wanted to see each other have our kids, and how we were going to come out of this...that was so crazy because like she really did become my family. She really did become my prima," Vazquez said.
"She's amazing. She was always laughing, cracking jokes, no drama, and friendly. I don't feel like this is real. Like I can't let it be real because every time I look at her pictures, I picture her coming through the door and her saying, 'hey guys let's hang out tonight hey what's the move?' She's not gonna say that to us anymore. I can't picture it," Vasquez said through tears.
"She was very very lively like you definitely felt her presence every time like she came through," Johnny Martinez, another close friend of Fatima, said. "That's that's one thing that really like made you look forward to every every visit with her or whenever she was trying to hang out, like you you always look forward to that to the energy."
According to the county Sheriff's Department website, Cedillo was booked into the Central Jail and was being held without bail.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.