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ARLINGTON The League of United Latin American Citizens is calling for federal agents to investigate the murder of an Arlington woman.

Evelia Villa Valencia, 29, was found strangled in her apartment on May 23, but Arlington police did not report her death until three days later, when the medical examiner released a cause of death.

Police continue to talk to friends and acquaintances of the victim, including a recently-fired Arlington police officer.

Valencia had filed a complaint against that same officer last year. He was dismissed from the force three weeks ago.

This is what they took away from me, said Augustine Villa, gripping a photograph of his daughter. He fought back tears as he shared the pain of losing a child.

Valencia, a mother of four, was found dead in her apartment in the 2400 block of East Park Row Drive with her infant daughter by her side.

She was afraid for her kids and herself, said the victim's brother, Jimmy Villa. It's real sad man, to do that to someone especially in front of their three-month-old baby. They're heartless.

LULAC has asked the FBI to find out why it took four days for police to discuss the crime.

These people are your eyes and ears, police department, said LULAC director Lico Reyes. They help solve most of your crimes, and you're blinding them!

Frustration is mixed with sorrow for a community now praying for answers... and for the killer of Evilia Valencia to be caught.

My heart is destroyed, Augustine Villa said. I want there to be justice.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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