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Family of mother and daughter killed in Alabama faced tragedy before in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 September 2018 at 7:52 pm

Katherine Sanchez, murdered in 2011, was sister and daughter of victims

Rosa Lee Maldonado is pictured during graduation in June 2017 with her mother Rosa Aminta Maldonado.

ALBION – The teen-age girl and her mother who were stabbed to death Tuesday night in Alabama is the latest tragedy endured by the Maldonado family of Albion.

In January 2011, Katherine Sanchez was sexually assaulted and strangled by her brother-in-law, Carlos Cardenas. Katherine was 15 at the time. Her body was found buried in an apple orchard about a month after she was killed and initially thought to be missing.

Katherine was the sister of Rosa Lee Maldonado, 19, and the daughter of Rosa Aminta Maldonado, 44.

The Maldonados were both killed by a family member in Lester, Alabama. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said the perpetrator of the crime, age 15, was the sister of Rosa Lee Maldonado and the daughter of Rosa Aminta Maldonado.

The 15-year-old was discovered by law enforcement at 1 a.m. Wednesday with self-inflicted stab wounds and is being treated for her injuries at a hospital in Huntsville. She will likely face charges when she recovers from her injuries, police said.

There were several news media outlets in Albion today, reporting on the story.

The school district has grief counselors available for students, as well as alumni who knew Rosa Lee Maldonado, who graduated in 2017.

Graduates who wish to contact counselors at the school should call the high school office at (585) 589-2040.

Rosa Lee Maldonado posted this tribute on Facebook to her sister, Katherine Sanchez, on Feb.8, 2017 when Katherine would have been 22.

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