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Gabriel's killer's daughter died from 'fall' in 1996; police reopen case
POLICE in the provinces of Almería and Burgos have reopened the case of the death of Ana Julia Quezada's four-year-old daughter in 1996, which at the time was considered 'accidental'.
Quezada, 44, had moved to the Burgos area in 1995, when she was around 21 years old, with the daughter she had had through a relationship with a man in her native Dominican Republic.
A year later, the infant fell out of a seventh-floor window and was killed instantly.
By then, the child had a sister, then aged two, whose father was Quezada's new boyfriend from Burgos.
The surviving sister is now 24 and lives in Burgos with her dad.
After discovering through the media that her mother had been arrested and charged with eight-year-old Gabriel Cruz Ramírez's murder two weeks after the child had gone missing in the 100 metres separating his grandmother's and his aunt's homes in Las Hortichuelas, near Níjar (Almería), the daughter in Burgos was reportedly taken to hospital after suffering a panic attack.
Hundreds of residents in the city staged a demonstration to show their support for the young woman with a minute's silence followed by a round of applause to give her strength.
Quezada and her ex-partner had moved to Níjar and opened a bar in Las Negras in 2014, but the man returned to Burgos with their daughter after the relationship broke down.
Gabriel's father Ángel Cruz – said to be 'utterly distraught' – had only been in a relationship with Quezada for less than a year.
Several sources claim little Gabriel did not get on at all well with his father's girlfriend.
On one occasion, when Quezada returned to the Dominican Republic to visit her family, Gabriel reportedly said to his friends: “I hope she doesn't come back,” and, “hopefully she'll move on, like dad's other girlfriends.”
Although no motive for her killing Gabriel has been confirmed, police are working on the theory that the child was 'in the way', or that the murderer was 'jealous' because the boy was a permanent link between Ángel and his ex-wife, Patricia Ramírez.
Kidnap for ransom has been considered, since it was Quezada who suggested the parents offer a €10,000 reward for Gabriel's safe return, which later rose to €30,000.
Also, Quezada had wanted to move back to the Dominican Republic with Ángel, but Ángel was reluctant as he would be too far away from his young son.
Police believe Quezada may have tried to 'remove' the 'obstacle' standing in the way of her emigrating to the Caribbean with her boyfriend.
She has been led to the various crime scenes to participate in reconstructions, having broken down and confessed to murdering Gabriel at the moment she was arrested when his body was found in the boot of her car.
Quezada did not reveal the cause of death, but a post-mortem has shown Gabriel was strangled within hours of leaving his grandmother's house, and also revealed bruising to his neck consistent with severe blows.
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