19-year-old Chicago-based married mother Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was tragically strangled to death in late April of 2019. However, her second child is surviving in critical condition under medical supervision.
Now, Ochoa-Lopez’s grieving, widowed husband has launched a GoFundMe campaign to try to save their beloved son, who is still hanging on for dear life in the hospital.
Read on to learn more about the tragedy, the perpetrators, and the crowdfunding campaign aimed at paying the family’s mounting medical bills.
The Ochoa-Lopezes’ Newborn Son and GoFundMe Campaign
Ochoa-Lopez was just 19 when she was drawn to the home of 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa, her 24-year-old daughter Desiree Figueroa, and Clarisa’s boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak.
Ochoa-Lopez had met Figueroa on a moms’ support group on Facebook, “Help a Sister Out,” which was aimed at providing help for expecting moms in need.
Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant with her second child with husband Yovani Lopez and had communicated with the Figueroas about a double stroller and baby clothes. She was last seen on April 23, and her body was discovered by police on May 14 in a trash bin on Chicago’s Southwest Side near the Figueroas’ home.
It was later discovered that Ochoa-Lopez had been fatally strangled, while her baby had been cut from her womb. Artist Milton Coronado created a large mural celebrating Ochoa-Lopez’s life in the Pilsen neighborhood. Many locals have left religious candles and gifts behind to memorialize the expectant mother.
The newborn, though alive, sustained a brain injury and is now in a coma. He remains on life support at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Lopez hopes that he will pull through, and his $50,000 GoFundMe campaign to pay for his newborn’s medical bills has nearly reached its goal after just five days.
Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s Alleged Murderers
The Figueroa mother and daughter have been charged for their part in the gruesome crime, along with Bobak. Both mother and daughter have been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery against a child resulting in permanent disability. Bobak, meanwhile, was charged with concealing a homicidal death.