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Victim In Car Chase Focused On Starting New Life In N.C.

Posted September 25, 2002

— For Lourdes Guzman, who died Monday after her ex-boyfriend Roberto Campos shot her, Raleigh was a city of new beginnings. Leaving an abusive relationship with Campos in Florida five years ago, Guzman began a new life in North Carolina with a new home, a new family and a job.

Guzman, her husband and four children lived in Cameron Garden Apartments. Mike Williams, 15, lives one floor above Guzman, but he was not around Monday when Campos abducted Guzman and the two children they had together. Williams and his family saw the chase unfold on TV when they realized how close it all hit home.

"My sister was scared because she saw the truck and she was scared about what was going to happen," he said.

Two children left the Guzman apartment Tuesday morning with unidentified adults. Guzman had family in the area. She and her mother were machine operators at Teklutions in Morrisville, a computer components manufacturer.

"She was a wonderful person. She always smiled and got along with everyone wonderfully and just really, really loved everyone and everyone loved her," production manager Greg Umstead said. "It's a really somber mood. Everyone's upset, which is understandable. It's tough."

Umstead said Guzman just celebrated her one-year anniversary at the company in August.


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