Memorial service to be held for children in Rubio/Camacho murders

Memorial service to be held for children in Rubio/Camacho murders
Monday, March 4, 2013 - 8:46am

March 11 marks the 10-year anniversary of one of Brownsville’s most tragic cases – the death of three children at the hands of their mother and her common-law husband.

Angela Camacho, the mother, was convicted for the 2003 crimes and received three life sentences in 2005. John Allen Rubio, the common-law husband, was convicted and received the death penalty in 2010. Rubio is appealing his conviction.

The family lived just a block away from the Cameron County Courthouse on Tyler Street. Their home – a small apartment in a dilapidated building – was the scene of the tragic crimes that drew national attention.

“We don’t want our community to remember these two monsters, and they don’t deserve the attention they’ve received,” said District Attorney Luis V. Saenz. “We want our community to remember the three angels – Julissa Quesada, Mary Jane Rubio, John Esteban Rubio – who lost their lives before they could even enjoy what it is to be innocent children.”

Julissa was three years old. John Esteban was 14 months old. Mary Jane was two months old.

The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office will hold a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. March 11 outside the now-vacant apartment complex on the corner of 8th and Tyler streets.

“Join us as we remember the tres angeles”, District Attorney Saenz said. “Let this be a stark reminder that we as a community absolutely must be a voice for those children who are defenseless to abuse and neglect.”

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