Wednesday, 07 September 2011
I know it is back to school season and everyone is so excited. I know I am since I just returned to college after a year off stint. However, in Las Vegas, it has not been such a happy event for Arbor View High School and the Otremba family.
On Saturday, my sister told me that one of my nieces schoolmates, Alyssa Otremba (15 years old) went missing on Friday night. She had just left a friends house after going there to get a book for school. She had texted her mother to tell her she would be home in thirty minutes but she never showed up. Her family and friends searched for her on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday night, they discovered a body in a vacant lot behind a neighborhood close to Otremba's home, near where she was last seen. The police were unsure to whether it was Otremba or not since the body had been so badly burned to where it was unrecognizable. On Monday it was confirmed that it was her body and shortly after they arrested Javier Righetti, 19 years old, for the crimes against her.
Fortunately, Righetti proved to be unwise which led to his capture. That Friday night, 9/2, he called his friend Daniel Ortiz to meet him. Ortiz drove to his house where Righetti told him he had robbed and killed a girl but Ortiz thinking his friend was just high on something, ignored him and just thought he was talking crazy. Righetti asked Ortiz to take him to the store where he bought the accelerant and matches. Later he had Ortiz take him to the field where he killed Otremba, When Ortiz got to the field, he started feeling sick and said he had to go. Ortiz said he ignored all the calls he received from Righetti after that night. I'm guessing Ortiz told his girlfriend what happened which led to her calling the cops (days later) with the information her boyfriend told her. Ortiz and his girlfriend told the cops where Righetti lived which led to his arrest and confession.
He told the cops that he stalked her as she walked home, beat her, robbed her, raped her, and then stabbed her to death with a kitchen knife (over 40 times). Later he returned to the field by way of Ortiz giving him a ride, and burning her corpse to destroy the evidence.
He admitted to robbing and raping women before and is believed to be connected to a rape that happened in that neighborhood about 4 months ago (assailant was never caught).
There is so much that disturbs me about this, I don't even know where to start. I guess the first thing is that this all happened in my sisters neighborhood. I have been to that gas station numerous times since it is just down the street from my sisters home. This guy lived minutes away from my sisters house and this girl was killed so near my sisters home. This guy lived blocks from my sisters home. Basically, way too close to home. She has a 14 year old daughter who attended school with this poor girl. This happening in a new and flourishing, beautiful community. And what's with Ortiz not calling the cops as soon as he began to believe what Righetti was saying?
Most importantly, what this guy did to her was INSANE. I just can't believe it. It takes a lot or rage and force to stab someone, no less over 40 times. This guy sought this girl out to slaughter her. I can't even imagine what her family is going through. I can't imagine waiting at home for my little girl to return and never seeing her walk through that door again. I feel for the Otremba family and pray that they get justice for their little girl. I only wish that we went by the "eye for an eye" policy when it comes to acts of violence like this. I hope that Arbor View High School can get through the loss of their fellow friend and student. I hope that Otremba's family gets some closure at least from the capture of this monster.
Here is a link for more information on the case: http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/129343498.html
What do you think of this? Does it anger you that there are many more like Righetti out there in the world today? Does this make you feel unsafe? How do you handle something like this when your child(ren) may know the victim?