Community holds birthday party in honor of slain 10-year-old girl

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Community Holds Birthday Party for Slain 10-Year-Old Girl

Members of the Albuquerque community gathered Sunday to celebrate the birthday of a 10-year-old girl who was killed last week.

Victoria Martens was found dead in her home by police. Three people are charged with her murder — her mother, Michelle Martens, her mother's boyfriend, Fabian Gonzalez, and his cousin, Jessica Kelley.

All three are facing charges including murder, child abuse and kidnapping. Gonzalez and Kelley are both being charged with rape, as well.

We want to warn you that the details of the case are graphic.

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A picture of Victoria Martens, a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl brutally murdered last week, is placed in a memorial outside her former Albuquerque apartment on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Stricken with grief, the grandparents and other family members of Martens, who was brutally slain last week, clutched one another and wept Monday as they made their first public comments and thanked the community for its outpouring of love and support. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
This undated photo provided by the Metropolitan Detention Center shows Jessica Kelley. On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment by Albuquerque police officers. Details of what New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and law enforcement officials described as an unspeakable crime emerged Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in a criminal complaint made public and filed against the girl's mother, her boyfriend and his cousin, Jessica Kelley. (Metropolitan Detention Center via AP)
Pat Martens, right, grandmother of Victoria Martens, is joined friends and other relatives of the 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who was brutally murdered last week during a news conference at "A Park Above" in Rio Rancho, N.M. on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. The relatives clutched each other, wept and shook their heads in disbelief while making their first public statements about Victoria Martens' death. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
Photograph of 10-year-old Victoria Martens. Courtesy of the Martens Family. RIP little one. #KOAT
Photo of Michelle Martens posted to her Facebook page. 
Photo of Victoria Martens posted to Michelle Martens' Facebook page. 
Photo of Michelle Martens posted to her Facebook page. 
Photo of Michelle Martens posted to her Facebook page. 
Photo of Victoria Martens posted to Michelle Martens' Facebook page. 
Photo of Michelle Martens posted to her Facebook page. 
Photo of Michelle Martens posted to her Facebook page. 
Victoria Martens only spent 2 years in small community of Peralta. Town holding special vigil for her tonight.
10 year old Victoria Martens. Remember her name. Remember her beautiful smile. Rest in peace sweet angel
A memorial for 10 yr old Victoria Martens is growing by the minute outside the home where she was killed. @KOB4
A man plays a guitar outside the NW. ABQ home where 10 yr old Victoria Martens was murdered. @KOB4

Police say Victoria's mother told them her daughter was injected with methamphetamine so she would be calm while Gonzalez raped her. Police say the girl was then strangled and stabbed. When police arrived, they found her partially dismembered body burning in a bathtub.

Gonzalez denied the claims as he was leaving the Albuquerque police station and told reporters that Kelley committed the crime.

Mugshots of Michelle Martens and Gonzalez show them with bruises on their face. They say those came from Kelley attacking them with an iron while Victoria's murder was taking place.

A judge set Martens' and Gonzalez's bonds at $1 million. KRQE reports that Gonzalez and Kelley both have lengthy criminal histories, but it doesn't appear Martens has been charged with a crime before.

Victoria was killed the day after her birthday, so members of the Albuquerque community decided to come together to throw a memorial birthday party in her honor.

There were balloons, face painting and horse rides, and many of the attendees wore purple because it was Victoria's favorite color. Attendees also released hundreds of balloons in honor of the girl.

A Go Fund Me page has also been set up in Victoria's memory. All the proceeds will be used as a college fund for her 8-year-old brother.

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