Boyfriend charged in brutal murder of popular Latina Restaurant
By La Prensa Staff
TOLEDO, May 1, 2020: A South End man is jailed on $1 million
bond and charged with murder in the stabbing death and shooting
last summer of his long-time girlfriend and business partner.
Lorenzo Morales, Sr., 43,
is accused of killing 36-year old Emilia “Janeth” Silgüero last
August in the home the couple shared 238 Field Ave. Ms. Silgüero
had stabbed multiple times in the chest and head and shot in the
Emilia “Janeth” Silgüero
An affidavit filed in Toledo
Municipal Court stated Morales and his 23-year old son
Bryan Morales-Rivero engaged “in a premeditated plan…to
cover up and conceal the murder.”
His son—by a former marriage—is
charged with obstruction of justice. According to court records,
Morales-Rivero also lives in the Field Ave. home where the
homicide happened. Police arrested the pair April 29, 2020.
Both men face a preliminary hearing in Toledo Municipal Court on
Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 9 a.m. But in Ohio, defendants
are not entitled to a preliminary/probable cause hearing if the
county prosecutor elects to go original by obtaining an
indictment directly from the Grand Jury in the Common Pleas
Morales and Ms. Silgüero co-owned
the popular restaurant Taquería La Autentica Michoacana,
located at 1218-20 Broadway. It was the site of a candlelight
vigil several months after the alleged homicide. The family
decided to hold the vigil to put pressure for answers and to
ensure that Janeth’s death would not be forgotten.
A family member discovered Ms. Silgüero’s body after going to
her home to check on her. She had failed to answer a number of
text messages and failed to report to the restaurant. The
restaurant and her home are within a short walk of each other.
Ms. Silgüero’s three children—from
another union—were visiting at the time in Florida. It appears
that the murder charge accuses Morales of committing another
felony when the homicide occurred, but doesn’t specify what
exactly happened. The arrest warrant was based on both evidence
and witness statements.
María González stated she
was “shocked and appalled at the overkill” that occurred to her
friend, but “not surprised” Morales is now charged with her
murder—pointing out the limited facts so far lead to her to
believe it was “a crime of passion.”
She recalled sensing an open
tension between Ms. Silgüero’s immediate family and Morales on
the night of the vigil that extended to the victim’s funeral.
Ms. González attended both events to support the memory of her
“I just pray that justice will be
served for Janeth,” she said, while emphasizing Morales should
still be considered innocent until proven guilty. “I am quite
saddened by the whole thing.”
“I hope the family can begin to
have some closure,” added Anita Sánchez-Serda, another
friend of Ms. Silgüero.
Morales has a previous conviction
in 2011 for disorderly conduct. Court records indicate that was
a charge reduced from an original count of domestic violence,
where Morales was accused of striking a victim several times in
the face and body. He pleaded guilty to the reduced charge and
received a suspended 30-day jail sentence and six months’
probation. According to court records, that assault also
occurred in the Field Ave. home the couple shared.
Ms. Silgüero, who was also known
as Emilia Guerrero, was originally from Heroica Matamoros,
Note: Photo of Lorenzo Morales,
Sr., Emilia “Janeth” Silgüero, and Bryan Morales-Rivero taken in
front of the restaurant in October of 2017.
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