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Posted: 10:23 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013
By Jenna Deery
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Just days before Christmas, a south Charlotte woman is mourning the loss of her boyfriend after he was shot and killed, leaving behind their child. Police charged Miguel Zelaya with the man's murder. Irelda Sanchez said the gifts under the tree mean nothing without Jose Ibarra. "I'm not looking forward to it. I can't," she said. The two shared an 11-month-old girl who was left fatherless Wednesday. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested Zelaya on Friday at a south Charlotte apartment on a robbery warrant. Zelaya has been wanted since October. Police said it was for his role in a string of robberies across three counties that happened in a matter of hours. "If he would have been caught, none of this would be happening. I'd be home, probably cooking for him," Sanchez said. Investigators said after interviewing Zelaya, they had enough to charge him with murder. Police haven't said what motivated the shooting. Sanchez said she didn't know Zelaya or how he would know Ibarra, but she believes someone has that information. "A lot of people don't want to speak up because either they are scared to or they don't want to deal with it," Sanchez said. Her greatest wish this Christmas is for closure and to have the man who held her heart back. "I just want him to be back. I don't want him to be gone. I want him beside me," she said.
Read past coverage:
Dec. 20: CMPD arrests 19-year-old in connection with fatal shooting
Dec. 19: Officers swarm apartment of man killed Wednesday night
Dec. 18: Shooting victim's brother charged with having weapon of mass destruction
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