- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The family of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who police say was raped and brutally murdered plan to hold a memorial in her honor Saturday - two months after details of the girl’s slaying led to heartache across the state.

Copper Pointe Church in Albuquerque will host the memorial for Victoria Martens, and it will be open to the public. The event, which comes as authorities continue to investigate the case, will not be a funeral, according to Laura Bobbs, the girl’s godmother.

The Office of Medical Investigator said it will take months before her remains will be given to the family.

Police found Victoria Martens‘ dismembered body in August inside the apartment she shared with her mother after officers responded to a pre-dawn call about a disturbance on the day the girl was supposed to celebrate her 10th birthday.

Victoria’s mother, Michelle Martens, the mother’s boyfriend and the boyfriend’s cousin all are charged with murder in the girl’s death. They also have been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated criminal sex penetration of a child under 13 in connection with the girl’s killing.

The slaying ignited outcry and vigils, and helped renew a call from New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to reinstate the death penalty.

Michelle Martens told police she looked for men online and at work to sexually assault her daughter, according to search warrants in the case. The documents showed Michelle Martens told police that she had set up encounters with at least three men before the girl was drugged, raped and killed.

Authorities said officers found Victoria’s remains wrapped in a blanket and set on fire in a bathtub the night of the crime.

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