EXCLUSIVE: Mother of Man Charged in Girlfriend's Murder Speaks Out
By Devin Sanchez
COAHOMA - Monday would've been Abigail Valencia's 18th birthday. Instead, many spent the day mourning the death of the girl who died Saturday, after being shot in the head, and according to police, it was at the hands of her boyfriend.
19-year-old Dakota Anguiano was Abigail Valencia's boyfriend. Anguiano's mother, Michelle Cano, spoke exclusively with NewsWest 9. She claims it was all a tragic accident.
"I can't even go to her funeral. I'm never going to see Abby again," Cano cried.
Cano said the shooting happened when Valencia and Anguiano were moving into their new home in Big Spring.
"They were moving and the gun went off. The safety wasn't on. Dakota immediately grabbed Abigail and took her to the hospital," she said. "Never in a million years would my son have intentionally hurt her. They loved each other very much."
On Monday, Anguiano was charged with Abigail's murder. His mother said he's not doing too well.
"I just keep telling him not to give up, to try to stay positive, but he says I don't care, I don't care if they kill me because then I'll get to be with her," she said.
Cano claimed other people were in the home at the time of the shooting and that the truth will come out.
"I feel that my son will be proven innocent and that this was just a very tragic accident. He was by no means a murderer. He loved Abby and he would never hurt her. We all loved Abby, we will always love Abby," she said.
Anguiano is still in jail, awaiting arraignment.
Friends have set up donation boxes for Abigail's funeral expenses.