A WOMAN shared with a jury the haunting details of how her ex-boyfriend killed six of his family members by ‘shooting and stabbing’ them as they ‘begged’ for help.
Jafeth Ramos spoke calmly to the jury for nearly two hours on Wednesday, explaining the robbery that went wrong on February 2, 2016.
Ramos and her ex-boyfriend Diego Uribe were on their way home when Uribe said he had to stop by his aunt’s because he had “a job” to do.
The couple arrived at the home in Gage Park, Illinois where Uribe’s aunt lived with her two children, her brother, and her parents.
“At one point he said he was going to kill her,” Ramos said, adding that Uribe showed her a gun, but she admitted, “I didn’t take him too seriously.”
Uribe’s aunt, Maria Martinez, had sat down with her family for dinner and offered the couple food before Uribe asked his aunt to come upstairs to have a chat with him and Ramos.
Not long after, Uribe allegedly pulled a gun on 38-year-old Martinez and demanded that she give him “all the money in the house,” Ramos told the Cook County jury.
Martinez laughed at first but realized her nephew was serious and tried to grab the gun before Uribe shot her in the forehead, Ramos said.
Martinez’s brother, Noe Martinez, Jr., 38, tried to get up the stairs after the shooting, but Uribe allegedly hit him with the pistol until he collapsed to the ground and pressed his knee on Noe’s neck until he couldn’t move .
The siblings’ mother, Rosaura Martinez, also came upstairs because of the excitement, but Ramos said Uribe knocked her unconscious after allegedly kicking her down a flight of stairs.
He then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and repeatedly stabbed the 58-year-old.
“No, Diego, why are you cutting my throat?” According to Ramos, Rosaura is said to have asked.
Eventually, Martinez’s children – Leonardo Cruz, 13, and his brother Alexis Cruz, 10 – were forced to help them search for valuable items around the house.
Ramos told the kids to grab their pajamas and toothbrushes afterwards, and Uribe took Alexis to a bedroom in the basement.
Ramos said she heard “a scream or a laugh” before Uribe came back alone. Ramos later said she saw Alexis lying in a pool of blood.
Uribe reportedly cornered Leonardo in the living room as the boy begged for his life, saying “I just want to live,” but Uribe stabbed him anyway, Ramos said.
The pair then waited for Noe Martinez, 62, to come home before Uribe fatally stabbed him as well.
In the end, the robbery only got the couple $250, jewelry, an Xbox and a piggy bank, Ramos said.
Police conducted a health check on the family two days later and discovered the bodies.
Ramos and Uribe were arrested months later, and while they were being questioned, Ramos told investigators that her former boyfriend killed his family members and that she also played a role.
Both were charged with murder in May 2016, with prosecutors arguing that Uribe’s DNA was found at the crime scene and under Maria Martinez’s fingernails.
Ramos, 25, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of armed robbery last year, with a possible 25-year sentence in exchange for testifying against Uribe.
However, Uribe’s defender Felicia Weiss argued that it was not possible that the 28-year-old alone had killed six people.
Instead, she suggested the killers were “four masked men” who came to the house demanding money.
“When the money didn’t come, they started killing people,” Weiss said, adding that Uribe recognized one of the men who had threatened his family.
“Diego was a coward,” Weiss said. “He hasn’t commented. He didn’t point the finger at anyone…but he’s not a murderer.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6332245/jafeth-ramos-testifies-diego-uribe-family-murder-illinois/ Horrific details emerge after a man “killed six family members by shooting and stabbing them as they begged him”.