The mood was sad and sullen as participants gathered in a parking
lot at Airport Plaza, 2756 Airport Hwy. Organizers stated they
decided to follow the advice of Toledo police by not staging a
loud demonstration that could lead to raucous behavior. Instead,
they made signs and decorated car windows before a train of 20
vehicles quietly drove a three-mile route that took them past a
small store on Airport Highway and Taqueria la Autentica
Michoacana, 1218-22 Broadway, both businesses co-owned by
Ms. Silguero and her accused killer, 43-year old Lorenzo
Everyone honked their horns as they passed by each location.
“It was shocking to learn about her death. It was a shock that
someone would have those intentions,” said Ms. Martinez. “When
we first heard about it, we heard it was a murder in her own
home, so it leaves that question, was she safe in her own home?
It definitely did bring a lot of panic. We installed security
cameras at our own house, just because of that fear and suddenly
not feeling safe.”
In a Spanish-language interview frequently interrupted by tears,
Vanessa Silgüero thanked the community for its continued
support during a tough and emotional time for the family. She
emphasized that anyone who knows anything about the case should
feel safe enough to cooperate with police now that an arrest has
been made. She urged tips to Crime Stoppers at 419.255.1111.
“It was even more shocking, because it was a family member, someone
you should trust,” said Ms. Martinez on learning about the
arrest of Ms. Silguero’s ex-boyfriend. “I’m sure the kids
trusted him, the family. On hearing it was someone so close to
her and the family, it was definitely shocking.”
According to Nancy Silgüero, her sister’s three children are
now staying in Tennessee with relatives. But the two boys and a
girl will return to Toledo sometime in the next week—but whether
that’s a permanent move is still unclear.
According to Ms. Martinez, the arrest has “brought mixed points
of view” within the Latino community. But everyone wants to see
justice done to honor the memory of Ms. Silguero.
Meantime, the murder charge filed against Lorenzo Morales,
Sr., 43, was removed from Toledo Municipal Court just before
a scheduled preliminary hearing May 7. The case instead will go
to a Lucas County grand jury in the Lucas County Court of Common
Pleas for possible indictment at an undetermined date, if
probable cause is found. Morales remains in jail with bond set
at $1 million. A related obstruction of justice charged filed
against his 23-year old son Bryan Morales-Rivero also was
sent to the grand jury for consideration. He also remains behind
bars on $100,000 bond.
Boyfriend charged in brutal murder of popular Latina Restaurant