Vigil held for slain mother & daughter

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by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on March 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 16 at 7:35 AM

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PHOENIX  -- An East Phoenix home which was a crime scene Monday, turned into a spot for prayer and remembrance by Tuesday night.

Dozens of people gathered for a vigil to honor 41-year-old Christine Wilson and her 14-year-old daughter, Vanessa.  Phoenix Police say they were killed in their sleep over the weekend.

Christine Wilson's live-in boyfriend, 41-year-old Michael Blanco, was found dead in his hotel room near I-17 & McDowell Tuesday afternoon. He was considered an "investigative lead," in connection with the murders.  Police say Blanco shot himself in the head.

"It was a sigh of relief for us, but doesn't help much," Christine Wilson's cousin and coworker, Nicole Adame, said Tuesday at the vigil.

"Was there something we missed? That's the question," said Adame, echoing the crowd's disbelief.

While neighbors report domestic disputes at the home near 24th Street and McDowell in Phoenix, most at the vigil told 3TV they never saw any warning signs of violence at the house.

"Never in my life did I think for a second that he could do something like this to them," Traci Escamilla said.

Vanessa Wilson's death devastated her classmates at Camelback High School.

"Everyone was crying. I feel like I lost my sister," Talitha Sanchez said.

"She was so sweet, and made you feel good about yourself,'' Stephanie Hernandez added.

Several classmates signed a banner memorializing Vanessa, while others in the crowd filled the driveway of the family home with flowers, candles, and balloons.

Police say with their investigative lead dead, they may never know the motive behind the murders.

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