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I found my teenage daughter’s dead body after she was stabbed four times in the neck by her ex after a fight at Disneyland

A woman has revealed how she found her daughter’s dead body after her ex-boyfriend stabbed her to death.

April Barbosa, 40, from Arizona, USA, comforted her daughter, Rosaura Barbosa, then 18, when she broke up with her live-in boyfriend, Joshua Hilaire, 24, in May 2018.

Rosaura Barbosa was stabbed to death

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Rosaura Barbosa was stabbed to deathCredit: HotSpot Media
Rosaura Barbosa, right, pictured with her boyfriend Joshua Hilaire in 2018

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Rosaura Barbosa, right, pictured with her boyfriend Joshua Hilaire in 2018Credit: HotSpot Media

The next day, April and her husband, 40-year-old Joe Barbosa, dropped Rosaura at Hilaire’s apartment to pack up her things.

Hours later, when they returned to pick up Rosaura, they found her, lifeless, in a pool of blood on the living room floor.

Hilaire pleaded guilty to murder in March 2020 and he served 20 years in prison.

April, a stay-at-home mom, said: “My husband and I welcomed Joshua into our family and we love him more and more.

“We never thought he could do this. Holding Rosaura’s body that day was the worst moment of my life.

“The pain I feel is indescribable. She is my best friend. ”

In November 2017, Rosaura met Hilaire at the shopping mall where she worked.

Three months later, in February 2018, she told her parents that they were moving in together.

April said: “Joe and I have only met Joshua once in a short time. We hardly know him.

“I just burst into tears. Rosaura is only 17 years old and I worry their relationship is moving too fast.

“She assured me that she had grown up and that he had made her happy.

“I have no choice but to congratulate her. But deep down, I had a bad feeling.”

Soon after, Rosaura and Hilaire moved into an apartment less than a mile from Rosaura’s family home.

The following month, she took Hilaire for her first visit.

April said: “I am more relieved, Joshua is a lovely guy and I am becoming more and more like him.

“Before I knew it, he was dining out most nights and he became part of the family.

“He plays video games with the kids, gets along with Joe, and even calls me mom.”

But within a few months, Rosaura told her parents, complaining that Joshua expected her to do everything in the house even though she worked full time.

April said: “I told Rosaura to go home, but she loves him and doesn’t want to leave him.

“The next month, she went to Disneyland without Joshua and called me crying.

“She found out Joshua was texting one of her friends. She was devastated.

“When she returned home a few days later, she discovered Joshua had not taken care of her dog, Gizmo.

“He didn’t leave him any food or water.”

That day, Rosaura broke up with Joshua.

Then she called her parents to come pick her up.

April said: “That night, although Rosaura was very sad, it was a joy when she returned home.

“We cuddle and watch movies like a family.”

The next morning, Rosaura needed to gather her things from her apartment.

April said: “Joe and I married her. We insisted on coming in but she told us we shouldn’t and she would call us when to pick her up.

“An hour later, I texted Rosaura, asking how things were going.

“She answered straight away and said everything was fine and they were talking.

“Just a few minutes later, she texted again, asking me and Joe to come pick her up.”

April and Joe immediately left the house and drove to Rosaura and Hilaire’s apartment.

But when they arrived, there was no answer at the door.

“We couldn’t hear anything,” April said. I was very confused. I think Rosaura must have left.

“I kept texting and calling her, but no one answered. Worried, I called the police but they were of no help and said she was not a missing person yet.

“It’s not that Rosaura didn’t answer her phone so I knew something was wrong.

“I called my mom, sister, brother-in-law and son and they came running to help Joe and I find Rosaura.”

April and her family spent the next seven hours searching for Rosaura before returning to the apartment.

There, they waited outside the front door, waiting for Rosaura and Hilaire to arrive.

April said: “Suddenly a neighbor showed up and said she saw Rosaura getting her hair pulled by Joshua earlier that day.

“I was hysterical. My mother took a metal stick from the trunk of our car, smashed Joshua’s window, and I quickly climbed inside.

“I immediately found Rosaura, lifeless, on the living room floor. She lay in a pool of blood.

“I held her in my arms and sobbed. I know she’s dead.

“Joe tried to knock on the door and was shocked. Joshua was no longer seen. “

Soon after, the police arrived and April discovered that Hilaire had stabbed Rosaura in the neck with a kitchen knife four times and once in the stomach.

He then fled the scene.

Two days later, Hilaire turned himself in.

In March 2020, 24-year-old Joshua Hilaire pleaded guilty to murder in the Supreme Court of the State of Arizona and he served 20 years in prison.

April said: “Twenty years of taking my daughter’s life is not enough. I had so many questions, I ended up visiting Joshua in prison.

“When I asked him if he killed Rosaura, he just shrugged and said ‘Yes, I did.’

“There is no sign of regret. Then I committed suicide and lay in bed for months.

“I lost 90lbs and Joe had to feed me. I miss my daughter very much. Now, Joe and I try not to think about Joshua.

“We don’t want to have hatred and anger in our hearts. Instead, we focus on our good memories.

“She will be in our hearts forever.”

April Barbosa, left, finds daughter Rosaura Barbosa stabbed to death

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April Barbosa, left, finds daughter Rosaura Barbosa stabbed to deathCredit: HotSpot Media
Joshua Hilaire pleaded guilty to murder in March 2020 and he was jailed for 20 years

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Joshua Hilaire pleaded guilty to murder in March 2020 and he was jailed for 20 yearsCredit: HotSpot Media
April, Rosaura and her father, Joe, are pictured during a school graduation ceremony

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April, Rosaura and her father, Joe, are pictured during a school graduation ceremonyCredit: HotSpot Media

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