Karina Ramos wants the world to know about her aunt, Claudine Anne Luera. The Laredo mother of five was found murdered on Thursday, September 13. Two days later, Border Patrol agent Jose Ortiz confessed to killing three people in Laredo including Luera.
Investigators told KRGV that Ortiz committed the murders over a two-week span. Today he sits in a Laredo jail on a bonds totaling $2.5 million.
Ramos talked opening about her aunt in a Facebook post. She gave me permission to share her Facebook message. Her aunt struggled with drug addiction, tried to stay clean, made small bad decisions that snowballed. But as Ramos puts it what was most important was that “she was loved.” Here is the post.
She was killed on Thursday, September 13th.
We’ve lost loved ones before, but nothing prepares you for the pain and pure rage you feel when someone you love is murdered. Nothing prepares you for waking up with swollen eyes from crying and squinting at a phone screen that shows an article for ABC News about your aunts murder. Nothing prepares you for the violent details of your loved ones murder being thrust into the public. Everyone you know learning, as you do, what her last moments were like. But there are some things no one will learn from the headlines, and articles, and Facebook posts.
She was a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a niece, a cousin, and a friend. Most of all SHE WAS LOVED. She was murdered by a monster who murdered 3 others, luckily the 5th woman got away. The fact that there’s a “serial killer” in a small Texas town is big news, and the one thing all the articles mention is the victims were PROSTITUTES. As if that makes her less of a victim. As if that makes him less of a monster. As if she deserved what she got. As if it makes any difference at all.
Her name was Claudine Anne Luera and let me repeat myself: SHE WAS LOVED, so let me add some more details to the narrative. She was the daughter of a beautiful Scottish mother and grumpy Mexican father.
She was the mother of 2 sets of twins and a hardworking, wonderful daughter. Two of her children are autistic, and we are a proud autism family full of love and support for them.
She has 3 sisters with the biggest hearts you’ve ever seen. She was always considered beautiful when she was young and always will be to us.
When she was winning her fight against drug abuse, she was a wonderful thriving mother. She loved her kids fiercely and navigated life as a stay at home mom to 2 sets of twins born within a year of each other, as well as, their older sister.
It couldn’t have been easy for her. She held out as long as she could, but seemingly small bad decisions snowballed. We don’t know why she fell off the wagon. We wished and prayed she’d overcome her demons and go back to who we knew she could be. But even when she lost everything because of her drug dependence, SHE WAS LOVED.
We took in her children, provided them with safe homes and waited. And waited. She always proclaimed her love for her kids and I know they’ll always know how much she loved them. If only that were enough.
And now we’ll have to wait for another lifetime to see that version of Claudine again. Our hope for her rehabilitation will never come to pass because a monster took away that chance from us.
We had to break it to her 5 children that their mother is gone forever. We had to hear their agonized cries and screams. It’s not something I’ll ever forget, ever. The only silver lining is that her killer was found less than 2 days after he attacked her. By that time, he had killed 2 others already.
Our family is devastated and reading articles about the “prostitutes” or “sex workers” being killed by the serial killer just rubs salt in our wounds. These women were brutally killed and nothing they did made them deserve that.
I’m thankful for the woman that got away and alerted authorities immediately. Without her we might be sitting around for weeks, months, even years waiting for some closure. So in that sense we consider ourselves lucky.
This monster has been caught and we can bury our aunt knowing , full well, he’ll pay for what he did. That lifts our broken hearts a little BECAUSE SHE WAS LOVED. So we’ll remember her as she was and try to get these headlines out of our minds.
Claudine was beautiful, she was kind, and she was loving. SHE WAS LOVED.
We couldn’t get through this difficult time without the love and support of all of our wonderful friends, family, and coworkers. Your kind words and thoughtful gestures have been absolutely heart warming. We’ll get through this.
My thoughts are with all families of the other victims that are struggling through what we are right now. My heart goes out to all families that are dealing with substance abuse. To those of you fighting her fight, don’t give up.
Rest In Peace Claudine❤️ give Grandma Ann and Sean Brandon a hug for me.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE. ❤️
Because of posts I’ve seen on FB I did find it important to add that we hold NO animosity whatsoever towards Border Patrol. We’ve got friends and family in the Border Patrol (and other law enforcement) and we love and respect them.
That man’s profession did not make him commit these evil crimes and this evil does not represent all Border Patrol as a whole. HE is solely to blame. And I don’t want to take away from that fact.
Funeral arrangements are still being made and announcements are to come.
Photo courtesy also goes to Karina Ramos who shared several photos of her aunt on her Facebook post.