NMSU art student Emilia Rueda, 20, and her boyfriend Carlos Esparza, 19, were found dead in a Las Cruces apartment on the 1400 block of Alamo Dr. on Sept. 19, 2022. Court records indicate that Rueda and Esparza were both from El Paso, Texas.
New Mexico State Police are still investigating the situation, but suspect it was a murder-suicide. A more definitive determination will be made once all the facts and evidence of the case have been collected and analyzed, according to an NMSP spokesperson.
The Rueda family has posted a GoFundMe for financial assistance following her death. Rueda’s viewing and rosary are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5-9 p.m at Sunset Funeral Home in El Paso. The family has requested attendees wear Emilia’s favorite color, pink, in honor of her memory.
San Ignatius Of Loyola Parish will also be holding a mass in honor of Rueda at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.