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In Memory of Jasmine Guevara
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- March 22, 1993 - November 10, 2009
- Me, Myself, and I
- I've found a new place where I can be free;
I've found a whole new beginning just made for me.
I know only peace and I never feel pain;
Days are full of sunshine and never the rain.
I can smile, I can laugh, I can walk, I can run;
I can hear every whisper; I can see past the sun.
My body is whole and my mind is so clear;
I know all the answers and I'm freed from all fear.
I know why you mourn me, I see how you weep;
Your heart's full of aching from a love that was deep.
And I'm grateful for loved ones that hold me so dear,
But remember; I've found a better place here.
I will be there beside you, always nearby;
So don't mourn me for long, nor forever cry.
And whenever your sorrow bears down on your heart,
Think not of my endings, but of my new start.
For on earth there's no joy that I'd ever see
To compare to the joy of God smiling at me.
Jasmine Consuelo Guevara-Morales was born to Ada M. Morales and Victor M. Guevara-Valle, March 22, 1993 at Whittier, CA. She moved to Mitchell, SD with her family as a small child and attended pre-school in Mount Vernon and L.B. Williams Elementary School in Mitchell. The family went to Guatemala for an extended visit where Jasmine was enrolled in Colegio Mixto La Ensenanza School in Santa Lucia Cotz, Guatemala. The family moved to Plankinton where Jasmine attended first grade, then to Mitchell where she attended Longfellow Elementary School, Mitchell Middle School and was a sophomore at Mitchell High School.
She had several part time jobs and summer employment that included delivering the Daily Republic, Burger King, housekeeping at the Best Western Motel, Jack Links in Alpena, SD, and was most recently employed at the Twin Dragon Restaurant.
For four years she participated in hockey, had played soccer and was on the Mitchell High School cross-country and track teams. During her freshman year, she was a member of the Mitchell High School Marching Band. Jasmine loved to dance, hang out with her friends, drive around town and mostly be around people. Her motto was “Live your life like there is no tomorrow.” She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
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A funeral has been scheduled for a slain Mitchell girl who died in November.
The funeral for 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Mitchell. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with a Scripture service at 7 p.m., also at the church.
Guevara was killed Nov. 10. Authorities said she was stabbed and cut on the throat before being placed in a car that was set on fire. Her body was found in the car in rural Mitchell.
Guevara’s body was seized by investigators and only recently was released.
Alexander Salgado, 21, and an as-yet unidentified 15-year-old girl have been accused of committing the murder. Both had moved to Mitchell from Fort Wayne, Ind., prior to Guevara’s killing.
Guevara’s funeral will be conducted by the Bittner Funeral Chapel, of Mitchell. Will Funeral Chapel, also of Mitchell, offered the family a free funeral in November and believed that the family had accepted. Family members have since said through a spokeswoman for the state attorney general’s office that although they appreciated the offer from Will Funeral Chapel, they declined it.
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Detectives say Salgado and "M-D" admitted to the crime and told investigators how they did it.
In court documents, it becomes clear Alexander Salgado has a romantic relationship with his 15-year-old female co-conspirator, identified as "M-D".
Jasmine Guevara's murder is apparently the result of teen-aged jealousy.
All three attended a party this last sunday and in court documents, detectives say "according to witnesses, m-d became jealous because of a suspect relationship developing between jasmine and salgado."
As part of the search for clues, investigators stumbled upon a text message sent by Jasmine Guevara on Tuesday, indicating she was at the Wal-Mart in Mitchell.
Surveillance video from that night shows Guevara was there with Salgado and M-D.
A check of Wal-Mart records shows one of the items purchased was lighter fluid.
Police interviewed Salgado and M-D, who acknowledged going to Wal-Mart with guevara and buying lighter fluid.
That's not all they acknowledged.
Again, from court documents:
"Alexander Salgado and M-D admitted to investigators that they killed Jasmine Guevara by stabbing and cutting her throat, and then setting the vehicle on fire with lighter fluid that had been purchased at Wal-Mart earlier that night".
Both identify an area in northern rural Hanson County, where a car was found on fire late Tuesday night, as the location of Guevara's murder.
Both told police they had talked about killing her in advance...because M-D was jealous of her.
When Jasmine first disappeared, the silent fear was that she had been murdered. Violent crime like this is just so rare for the Mitchell area.
We talked with one Mitchell resident named Teresa Geroy who told us this; "I would just hate to be that girl's parents. That would have to be the worst thing is to lose a child."
A preliminary hearing has been set for Salgado on November 25th.
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