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Family Remembers Slain Durham Woman As Quiet, Graceful
Above is a link to WRAL.com's photos and videos page. The title is is the one given to the story they did on Janet's murder and her family, the Christiansens, today, May 24, 2005.
Police Investigate Homicide, April 27, 2005:
*Slain Durham Woman Leaves 6-Month-Old Child Behind, April 27, 2005:
Woman's Body Found in Home, April 28, 2005:
Few Clues in Murder of Durham Mother, April 28, 2005:
Durham Police Tightlipped About Woman's Murder, April 29, 2005:
*Woman's family mourns, April 29, 2005
Inquiry continues in Durham slaying
New Details in Death of Durham, May 2, 2005:
Police: Young Mother's Slaying Not Random, May 2, 2005:
Police Say Woman Died from Being Stabbed, May 2, 2005:
Police Say Woman Was Stabbed to Death, May 3, 2005:
Search Warrant Reveals Details In Stabbing Of Durham Woman, May 3, 2005:
Officers Took Knives, Scissors for Murdered Woman's Home, May 3, 2005
*Police ask to examine vehicle again, May 3, 2005:
Affidavit made public in Durham woman's murder, May 4, 2005
Police Notes - Annandale woman found murdered in her N.C. home, May 5, 2005:
Funeral, Fund Set in Stabbing Death, May 5, 2005:
Funeral Arrangements Made for Young Durham Mother, May 5, 2005:
Funeral Scheduled for Murdered Durham Woman, May 6, 2005:
Note: * stories were added later tonight when the links were found
Last edited by PrayersForMaura; 05-25-2005 at 01:25 PM. Reason: added two links
Janet Christiansen Abaroa, SVU Class '00
Buena Vista, VA, Apr 26, 2005
President Smith regrets to inform the SVU family of the death of Janet Christiansen Abaroa, SVU Class of '00. Janet Christiansen Abaroa, 25, died on April 26, 2005. Her body was found in her home in Durham, NC.
Janet Christiansen Abaroa attended Southern Virginia University as a freshman in August 1998. As a freshmen Mid-Fielder, from Annandale, VA, Janet was a pioneer who helped make history at SVU as a member of the inaugural women's soccer team. She helped lead her team to back-to-back National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA) Championship victories in 1998 and 1999. Her sister and teammate Erika Christiansen was also a member of the 1999 championship team and SVU Class of '03. Janet graduated with her Associates Degree in Social Sciences in Dec. 2000.
Janet was a Scholar Athlete. After taking a year off to be with her husband, Raven Abaroa, she returned to SVU in August 2001 to complete her last two years. As an upperclassmen, Janet received post-season honors as a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Academic All-American (cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher) in 2001 & 2002. She was a member of the President's Honor Roll (4.0 GPA), USCAA Player of the Week (Oct. 1-7, 2001) and a member of the USCAA All-Tournament Team in 2002. Janet experienced great athletic accomplishment, academic success and spiritual development during her 4 years at SVU.
A scholarship will be established in Janet's memory to benefit a student-athlete on the women's soccer team. Gifts made to the SVU Development Office in Janet's memory will be used to establish the Janet Christiansen Abaroa Pioneer Scholarship. To contribute to this scholarship, checks should be made out to Southern Virginia University, with a notation that the gift is in memory of Janet Christiansen Abaroa. On-line donations can also be made through the Development Office Website. When donating on-line, check the box listed as "Other" and write Janet Christiansen Abaroa Pioneer Scholarship in the text box. Checks should be sent to:
SVU Development Office
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
New Video Surfaces of Abaroas
Janet and Raven Abaroa spoke in a 2003 Christmas video.
By Erin O'Hearn
(06/03/05 -- DURHAM) — Durham police are not saying much about the brutal murder of Janet Abaroa,
The 25-year-old mother was found stabbed to death inside her Ferrand Drive home on April 26. Investigators have not revealed any suspects. They say it was not a random crime and the public is not in any danger.
Eyewitness News has new video of the Abaroas, giving us a glimpse into their life before Janet Abaroa was murdered. In a 2003 Christmas video card on the Internet, we see Janet and her husband, Raven, goofing off. A seemingly bashful Janet twirls for the camera, showing off new clothes, then Raven jokes about being in the South.
"I got myself a buck knife, too. In case you ever come across a deer and you want to take some of it home," he said. "That's my new knife. I got it for Christmas. I bought it myself. My dad would be very proud of me."
Police have searched Raven Abaroa's SUV and the couple's home. He has moved out of the house. The couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden, is staying with his father and other relatives.
... Neighbors say Abaroa and her husband, Raven, had recently moved into the neighborhood and they knew little about them. They described the couple, which recently had a baby, as quiet ...
re: embezzlement hearing june 10/2005..
Herald-Sun, The (Durham, NC)
June 11, 2005
Victim's husband to get hearing
Spouse is accused of embezzlement
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While Durham police detectives continue to investigate the April murder of Janet Abaroa, attorneys met Friday to discuss fraud charges her husband is facing in Orange County. Orange County Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Perez said she met with Julian Mack to discuss details of five counts of embezzlement his client, Raven Abaroa, is facing.
The pair set a hearing for July 22, Perez said.
"Hopefully, by that day I will know whether I will indict him or if we will do some kind of plea," she said. "But there is no offer on the table right now."
my opinion...........and i happen to agree with it.....
WTVD Video Player from article at Eyewitness News 11.com: New Video Surfaces of Abaroas
From the video: "police insist this was not a random act and the public isn't in any danger."
New Television News Report
Ok, here's a television report from this morning, July 6, on the local 24 hour news channel, News14 Carolina. There is a video on the page as well (these usually don't last too long on these links).
The key statement from the police spokeswoman:
"What our investigation has shown so far is that we don't believe this was a random act of violence but at this time no charges have been filed and any information would be helpful,” said Kammie Michaels of the Durham Police Department."
Copying Juliagoulia's post here as well:
New Media Story
The News Gazette, a paper for the Lexington, Buena Vista and Southern Virginia University communities, published a story today:
A quote from the article:
"Michaels reported a resurgence of media attention on the murder after two months had passed and was scheduled to appear on two televised broadcasts on July 5."
Every story could help--you never know what other sources could pick it up.
Please keep seeking media help and JFJ!
Prosecutors Offer Deal On Embezzlement Charges To Husband Of Slain Durham Mother
POSTED: 7:16 pm EDT July 22, 2005
UPDATED: 7:29 pm EDT July 22, 2005
DURHAM, N.C. -- Prosecutors offered the husband of a homicide victim a plea deal on embezzlement charges.
Raven Abaroa is accused of taking thousands of dollars from the business where he and his wife worked. Officials have not said if Abaroa wants the deal.
Plea offered in embezzlement case
BY ERIC OLSON : The Herald-Sun
Jul 22, 2005 : 9:56 pm ET
The Orange County District Attorney's Office has offered a plea agreement in the embezzlement charges facing Raven Abaroa, whose wife was murdered in Durham in April.
Should Abaroa accept, the deal would place him on probation and force him to make some $9,000 of restitution to his former employer, Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Perez said.
"That's just what we talked about," Perez said. "Mr. Abaroa hasn't agreed to anything yet."
Perez said she should know by Aug. 23 whether or not Abaroa would agree to the deal. Otherwise, she would indict Abaroa on five counts of embezzlement and put the case before the Sept. 21 grand jury session, she said.
"Since I don't know if he's going to plead or not, I can't say what's going to happen," she said. "And if he does, it's going to be probation and restitution."
Police Search E-Mail For Clues Into Abaroa's Death
POSTED: 12:14 pm EDT August 17, 2005
DURHAM, N.C. -- E-mail messages are the latest focus in a Durham murder investigation.
Janet Abaroa was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of her home in April. Her 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was also at home but not hurt.
Abaroa's husband, Raven, called 911 saying his wife had been shot.
Now, investigators are sifting through the couple's e-mail accounts to see if there is anything that can lead them to an arrest.
Police have not named any suspects, but say the murder was not random.
I just watched the local ABC news, WTVD - and they also did a story about the email warrant, etc. They showed old footage from the crime scene, etc. The interesting thing they reported was that the warrant specifically was for GOOGLE accounts ("for both Abaroas"). Guess this makes some sense, as we know Raven at one point at least was using a gmail account.
I'll post a link to the story once they post it online. (Or someone else post if you come across it first).
Ok, here's the link to the story:
WRAL.com - News - Autopsy: Durham Mother Found Dead In Home Was Pregnant
... according to an autopsy just released.
Slain woman was due for baby
Autopsy in killing reveals pregnancy
By SAMIHA KHANNA, Staff Writer
DURHAM -- Janet Abaroa was pregnant when she was stabbed to death in her West Durham home, an autopsy report shows.... (more)
abc11tv.com: Autopsy Reveals Twist in Abaroa's Death
On the right side of the page, under Related Links - click VIDEO: Autopsy Reveals Twist in Abaroa's Death
Here's a link to a news video about the e-mails that LE is looking into.
Durham Murder Probe Turns To E-Mail Messages
(from this page: WRAL.com - News - Autopsy: Durham Mother Found Dead In Home Was Pregnant )
Nothing new here but good views of the neighborhood, (including three people walking away from the crime scene with a young child on a bicycle).
abc11tv.com: Police Search Computer Records in Murder Probe
When you get to this page, click this headline under the photo of Janet on the right side of the page:
VIDEO: Police Search Computer Records in Murder Probe
Related To Story
Slain Durham Woman's Husband To Plead Guilty To Embezzlement Charges
POSTED: 11:58 am EDT August 22, 2005
DURHAM, N.C. -- The husband of a Durham woman who was found dead in her home will plead guilty to embezzlement charges, authorities say.
In February, Raven Abaroa was charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from his former employer, Eurosport, where he and his wife worked. Under the plea deal, Abaroa would be on probation and must pay restitution.
In April, Durham police found his wife, 25-year-old Janet Abaroa, stabbed to death in their home. The couple's 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was also in the home, but was not hurt. Police have not made an arrest in the case.
- August 18, 2005: Autopsy: Durham Mother Found Dead In Home Was Pregnant
- August 17, 2005: Police Search E-Mail For Clues Into Abaroa's Death
- July 22, 2005: Prosecutors Offer Deal On Embezzlement Charges To Husband Of Slain Durham Mother
- May 24, 2005: Family Remembers Slain Durham Woman As Quiet, Graceful
- May 3, 2005: Search Warrant Reveals Details In Stabbing Of Durham Woman
- May 2, 2005: Police: Durham Mother Stabbed To Death
- April 29, 2005: Durham Police Tightlipped About Woman's Murder
- April 27, 2005: Police Investigating Possible Homicide In Durham