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Man stabs, strangles, kills pregnant woman because he wasn’t the father
A smitten man who tried unsuccessfully for two years to woo a 23-year-old college student stabbed and strangled her to death when he learned that she was pregnant – and that he wasn’t the father.
Katherine Martinez repeatedly rebuffed Emilio Calderon’s romantic advances – even after he started giving her rides to work and class and offered to buy her a car, her family says.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Calderon, 29, admitted to becoming enraged when he visited Martinez Sunday at her apartment in Terrytown, Louisiana.
Police say he stabbed her three times and then strangled her to death. Her unborn baby died, as well.
Martinez’s family says he should have had no expectation that the baby was his – she never liked him as anything more than a friend.
‘They never had sex. They didn’t kiss. They never even held hands,’ Osmer Batrez, Martinez’s friend, told the newspaper.
‘They did not have an intimate relationship.’
Despite Martinez’s insistence that she and Calderon remain ‘just friends,’ he became more persistent. Eventually, he started showing up at Blue Cliff College, where she took classes, and the restaurant where she worked as a waitress.
Martinez started blocking him on her social media accounts. Calderon responded by creating fake usernames to trick Martinez into ‘friending’ him so he could keep tabs on her, her family told the Times-Picayune.
Despite Calderon’s persistence, he never exhibited violence or aggressiveness, they say.
When Martinez got a serious boyfriend, Calderon became even more interested in her, Martinez’s mother Orla Martinez told the newspaper.