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Memorial planned for murdered Wilder woman, suspect search continues

“This was a senseless tragedy that took the life of an innocent mother.”

<p>Memorial for Amparo Godinez-Sanchez</p>

WILDER, Idaho -- The family of a woman authorities say died at the hands of her long-time boyfriend is planning a memorial ceremony for Saturday.

The memorial will mark one year since 39-year-old Amparo Godinez-Sanchez' was gunned down inside her home on Red Top Road near Wilder. Several children were inside the home when Godinez-Sanchez was shot.

The man believed to be responsible for her death, 51-year-old Erasmo Alcala Diaz, fled the home after the shooting and remains at large. Diaz' car was found in Adrian, Oregon not long after the murder, but investigators have found no trace of the suspect.

“This was a senseless tragedy that took the life of an innocent mother,” Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said in a press release. “As we move past the one year anniversary of her death, I want to reassure her family and the community that my office is doing everything possible to bring Mr. Diaz to justice. This case once again emphasizes the heinousness of domestic violence in our communities and why we must continue to address this societal issue.”

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Diaz, a Mexican national, is described as as 5’8”, 165 pounds, with a medium build, green eyes and dark brown hair. He has no known tattoos and is missing the thumb on his left hand. Investigators say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Diaz' whereabouts is urged to contact the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office at 208-454-7531 or Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS.

The memorial for Godinez-Sanchez will be held at noon Saturday at Advocates Against Family Violence at 1508 Hope Lane in Caldwell.

Erasmo Diaz

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