10-04-2014, 10:06 PM #1
NY - Vanessa Milligan, 19, pregnant, murdered, Lansingburgh, 3 April 2014
It's been exactly six months, six long, painful months since family and friends lost Vanessa Milligan and her unborn child in a fire and still, they have very few answers...
While her family patiently waits for answers, they gathered in peaceful protest outside the Rensselaer County Courthouse to make sure their case stays relevant...
Officials said dealing with fire makes the investigation much more complicated because a lot of evidence has been destroyed. "When you talk about dousing thousands of gallons of water on top of a crime scene, and the fire that destroyed the crime scene, it makes it more difficult to investigate, to sift through everything,” Laquidara said.
Even though police are saying they're absolutely certain that Vanessa Milligan was deliberately killed, they're stopping short of saying whether she died before or during the fire that consumed her Fifth Avenue apartment.
Police ruled that the fire that killed 19-year-old Vanessa Milligan was set intentionally. Milligan was only days away from giving birth when she was killed in the April 3 fire...
Milligan’s family, including her father Nathan, spoke at the Missing Link Church in Troy Wednesday evening about their frustrations with the investigation. They said they have their suspicions as to who is responsible.
“I believe it was done because my daughter was pregnant by a certain individual and because of that circumstance, it changed his life and because he felt like this was the only alternative,” Nathan said.
10-04-2014, 10:10 PM #2
How heartbreaking. What a beautiful young lady. And her baby was fully ready to be born. So devastating. I know nothing about the case, but obviously, my mind goes to the same place as her folks. Where was the father of the baby at the time of the fire? Hate to be stereotyping, but it is so often true, sadly.
RIP Vanessa and child.“Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn
10-04-2014, 10:11 PM #3Registered User
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Wow. Horrible story. Beautiful girl. Days away from birth. Absolutely tragic. Hope they piece together a strong case against who did it.
10-15-2014, 10:44 PM #4
A Rensselaer County grand jury started hearing testimony Wednesday about the death of Vanessa Milligan, the pregnant 19-year-old who was allegedly killed before a house fire was set to cover up the slaying, according to officials familiar with the investigation.
10-15-2014, 11:20 PM #5
Too bad the newspaper requires a subscription to read online. It sounds like they have a suspect but the story is cut short. I hope no one gets away with murder.
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10-23-2014, 01:26 PM #6
The 18-year-old father of Vanessa Milligan’s unborn child has been charged with murder, abortion, burglary, and arson in a seven-count indictment unsealed Thursday in Rensselaer County Court.
Gabriel Vega, who was picked up by the U.S. Marshals Wednesday on Central Avenue in Albany, stood motionless in the courtroom as the charges were read by County Court Judge Andrew Ceresia.
10-23-2014, 07:08 PM #7
I'm from this area and know people who know this family. I was just reading that Vega blew kisses at the family and smiled as he was arrested. Just sick.
Also, the subject of this thread should read NY and not PA. Troy is in upstate NY. (Unless PA stands for something else)
10-23-2014, 07:13 PM #8
Vanessa lost her grandmother just a day before her own death.
To understand Vanessa's upbringing is to understand the pain she was felling on the day she died. Ever since she was a little girl, Vanessa was raised by her grandmother, Marilyn Houser. The day before the fire, Marilyn passed away.
10-24-2014, 07:35 AM #9
Thank you Okiegranny for starting this thread.
10-31-2014, 11:42 AM #10
Judge Andrew Ceresia rejected Gabriel Vega's bid to get out on bail while he awaits trial for allegedly killing Vanessa Milligan, a 19-year-old ex-girlfriend who was pregnant with his daughter.
10-31-2014, 11:57 AM #11
Thank goodness for that. He doesn't deserve to be out ever.
11-03-2014, 10:51 PM #12
Gabriel "Gabe" Vega told police he didn't kill an ex-girlfriend who was pregnant with his daughter. He was too busy smoking pot and playing video games on April 3 when Vanessa Milligan died...
In a deposition, Becker and Detective Sgt. Michael Parrow alleged Vega was brought in for interviews three times — twice in April and once in June — during the six-month investigation before the case was presented to a grand jury.
"When asked about the unborn baby possibly being his, he (Vega) indicated that he wasn't sure if the baby was his or not, but supposed it could be," Becker wrote. "We asked him about information circulating that he wanted her to have an abortion. Gabe told us that he never told anyone he wanted an abortion." Vega admitted he had a child with another woman but denied dating the two women at the same time.
05-18-2016, 08:26 PM #13
In opening arguments Wednesday, prosecution and defense lawyers delivered what they promised the jury would be the main elements in Gabriel "Gabe" Vega's homicide trial for the 2014 death of Vanessa Milligan...
05-23-2016, 04:23 PM #14
Three telephone calls between Gabriel "Gabe" Vega and his girlfriend in 2015 are in dispute Monday at Vega's Rensselaer County Court trial...
Botts said the calls were made in June and November 2015 by Vega to his mother, who then routed the call to Kim Virola, Vega's girlfriend...
Rench objected to the introduction of the calls and said the defense needs time to translate the Spanish recordings made by the jail staff. Botts said Troy police officers have translated the calls and provided transcripts to the defense.
05-25-2016, 08:50 PM #15Both the defense and prosecution rested their cases Wednesday in the Gabriel Vega murder trial.
Wednesday's testimony was hard to hear for family members of Vanessa Milligan because the Rensselaer County medical examiner was called to the stand.
Closing arguments are set for Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
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