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Durham Police Tightlipped About Woman's Murder

Posted May 2, 2005 6:53 a.m. EDT

— Police in Durham are piecing together clues to a murder. Officers said someone killed a young mother in her home late Tuesday night.

Police got a 911 call late Tuesday night that someone in the house was injured. When they got there though, they found 25-year-old Janet Abaroa dead in a bedroom.

Investigators spent nearly 24 hours on the scene, collecting evidence and talking with neighbors. However, police are not talking much at all, saying they don't want to hinder the investigation.

Abaroa went to high school and college in Virginia. Her family said she was an avid soccer player and a devout Mormon. She and her husband have an infant son, Kaiden.

WRAL has learned Abaroa and her husband, Raven, had been going through money problems recently. Their landlord let them live rent-free for the last two months after they lost their jobs. The landlord said they had found new jobs and were getting back on their feet.

In February, Raven Abaroa was charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from his former employer, Eurosport in Hillsborough.

Police have not said if they have any suspects in the case.