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Murder of restaurant owner hits home for Latino Community


By La Prensa Staff


Beloved by virtually everyone with whom she came into contact, the violent death of Janeth Silgüero in her South Toledo home has stunned the Latino community. Toledo police officers were called to her home in the 200 block of Field Ave. on a report of a person stabbed in the early afternoon on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. She was pronounced dead at the scene.


According to authorities, a family member discovered her body. The relative went to check on Ms. Silgüero, 36, after she never responded to text messages. She was the co-owner of Taquería La Autentica Michoacana, 1218 Broadway. The Mexican restaurant is located near her home.


The wife and mother of three, according to an autopsy over the weekend, had been shot in the back and stabbed multiple times in her chest and head. Her death has been ruled a homicide. Ms. Silgüero, who was also known as Emilia Guerrero, was originally from Heroica Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México.


Ms. Silgüero’s brutal death comes approximately six weeks after the family had just celebrated daughter Monica’s quinceañera. Pictures of the event are still posted on a Toledo photographer’s Facebook page. The sudden death of Ms. Silgüero and the mysterious circumstances behind it also brought immediate grief among those who knew her, along with prayers for justice.


“My spirit was broken and my heart was saddened on hearing the tragic loss. She truly was a gem, friend, and fellow entrepreneur,” Jacob Estrada wrote on his Facebook page, recalling how Ms. Silgüero gave his daughter a job at her restaurant. “I will always remember how Janeth took time to greet everyone, no matter how busy it would be. She was so full of life and joy.”


“I'm speechless. This is horrible to lose a friend, is not possible!!” wrote Norma Ramos-Prater on her Facebook page. “From one moment to another so suddenly!! I miss you so much, hope that God will take care of you and welcome you, and help and bless your family!! You were a blessing to our community!! I love you so much!!”


“I’m speechless. My heart feels heavy. I don’t know what to think. I don’t know what to say,” wrote Claudia Avila. “I will miss your follies, your laughter. It’s something impossible to believe. You didn’t deserve this. You were a responsible, hard-working person who didn’t mess with anyone.”


“This is horrible!! It was a pure act of senseless evil! Emilia was a familiar face to most of the Southside community. She was a sweet lady who only wanted her business to be successful,” wrote Irene Elizondo. “It sickens me and breaks my heart that someone stole her life from her and her family…and us!”


“When you see someone, who has a business and they stayed in the neighborhood, that’s what makes it really, really sad to me,” said Elaina Hernández, who grew up in the Old South End and consoled a couple of her dancers who were related to Ms. Silgüero. “They committed to being in this neighborhood and then something happens to them. We need more people who are business owners, who are responsible, who want to stay in the South End to change that neighborhood.”


Other businesses and nearby nonprofit groups even chimed in their condolences on Facebook.


“We have lost a beautiful member of our credit union and community. Please keep the family in prayer,” read a post on the Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union page.


“We have lost a friend, a neighbor in business, and a true light to the community. A true tragic loss to this world. We will miss you!” read a similar post on the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center Facebook page.


As of press deadline, there have been no arrests in the case. Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 419.255.1111.




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Revised: 08/21/19 05:08:40 -0700.




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