Reported By Larry Flowers
La VERGNE, Tenn.
Officials said a man accused of killing a La Vergne mother, trying to flee and eventually attempting suicide in a Houston, Texas, jail has been released from a hospital. Now, the family of Rafaela Ortiz is speaking out about the man accused of killing her and issuing a message for women who may feel there is no way out of a controlling relationship.
"I want to tell Maximiliano Ocon and the whole world that I forgive that man. I honestly forgive him," said Jose Ramirez, the victim's nephew.
They aren't the expected words from a family dealing with grief. In spite of their loss, the family is showing compassion for the man who is accused of taking Ortiz's life.
"She was worried about something when everything happened," said Ramirez.
Francisa Ramirez said her sister feared the worse when she tried to end her relationship with Ocon.
"That man, when he did what he did, he took home the devil's message, and he wrote it in my sister's blood," she said.
Officials said Ocon apparently left a satanic message on Ortiz's bedroom wall, which is where she was found dead. La Vergne police cut out that part of the dry wall and took it as evidence.
Authorities said Ocon tried to commit suicide last week in the Harris County Jail in Houston. He used a blade from a disposable razor to cut his neck.
"I think that he finally knows; he finally figured out it was the devil that used him," said Jose Ramirez.
The family said they are still having a difficult time dealing with what happened inside the house, but they said they want to send a message to other women who may be involved in controlling relationships.
"I will tell every woman to know the person before you do anything," said Jose Ramirez. "Get to know the person."
The family said they are now hoping justice will be served.
"(Ortiz said) that justice comes in Jesus Christ," said Francisa Ramirez.
Outside Ortiz's home, a single rose is in bloom. The family said they believe that's a sign of her spirit living on. Even in the wake of Ortiz's death, the family said they have something to be thankful for this holiday.
"She left me her daughter," said Jose Ramirez.
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