Illegal Alien Accused of Stabbing Her Four Children, Husband to Death

Mass Killing Of Georgia Family Has Chicago Connection

The fifth child, Diana Romero, 9, has been hospitalized at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where she is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

"Ma'am, I'm going to caution you to cut out the display for the cameras", Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Michael Thorpe said.

Federal immigration authorities said Martinez, whom they identified as Maria Isabel Garduno-Martinez, illegally entered the United States, though it is not clear when or where she crossed the USA border. When asked why did not want legal representation, she said that she was there to represent people who are "humble and hardworking; people who suffer" and that God would take care of her. She later added that her lawyer will always be the people and her faith. Those are my attorneys, that's why I'm here.

The judge said he couldn't force her to accept counsel, but he recommended that she do so. "It doesn't matter anything else", she said through the interpreter.

"We continue to pray for Diana's recovery, both physically and emotionally as she learns about what happened to her father and siblings", Gwinnett County Police said in a statement.

Neighbors and family members were left in shock following the gruesome discovery Thursday morning at Martinez's home outside Atlanta, wondering what could have driven a mother to murder her children.

Immigration officials said Friday that Martinez illegally entered the US from Mexico.

Neighbors said Martinez was distraught over her father's death, but otherwise seemed perfectly normal.

"This is a horrendous crime, not only for the victims but for the extended family, neighborhood and community", police said. Police further said Martinez may have been in the home with the dead family for a number of hours before she called 911. Cpl. They did not release a motive for the slayings.

"She was a little down, depressed, because of that, but we just didn't think that it was so bad", Salazar says.

"It's hard. It's sad", he said.



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