SENSUNTEPEQUE, El Salvador - A Salvadoran immigrant allegedly killed by her husband in Maryland was buried in her hometown on Wednesday, as heartbroken relatives demanded a thorough investigation into her death.
About 70 family and friends carrying flowers and colorful paper wreaths cried and prayed as they followed the hearse carrying the remains of 25-year-old Deysi Benitez to a cemetery in Sensuntepeque.
"My daughter was killed," Benitez's mother, Odilia Quinteros, said between tears. "She was taken from me, and that hurts."
Police believe that Benitez's husband, 28-year-old Pedro Rodriguez, killed his wife and their four young children before committing suicide in March 2007.
Rodriguez and the children were found dead in the family's town house in Frederick, Md., but Benitez's whereabouts were a mystery for nearly a year. On Feb. 29, police found her in a shallow grave about 20 miles from the town house.
"She is already dead. We're burying her," said Benitez's sister Angela Benitez. "We don't want vengeance, but we want to know who killed her and how she died."