Susan Hernandez's Family Search for Her Killer Leads to Her Own Grandson
A Facebook photo of Anthony Sena. Additional images and a video below.
After months passed with no arrests in the murder of 77-year-old Susan Hernandez, her family members decided to do what they could to further the investigation.
Numerous relatives passed out fliers about the killing door to door and went to the media in Pueblo, where the murder took place, and Colorado Springs in the hope that someone would come forward with information about the tragic incident.
Days later, an arrest was finally made, but the person taken into custody was a member of Hernandez's family, too: Anthony Sena, Susan's 29-year-old grandson.
The original crime was discovered on July 29 — although it initially seemed like something else entirely.
At about 10:30 a.m. on the 29th, according to the Pueblo Police Department, firefighters were dispatched to a home on the 600 block of Moffat in regard to a structure blaze.
Upon their arrival, they found a small conflagration burning inside the home, where Hernandez lived.
Shortly thereafter, however, Hernandez's body was found in the residence's basement.
The fire wasn't the cause of death, the Pueblo Chieftain reports. Rather, she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Afterward, Hernandez's grieving loved ones shared images of her — Sena did so as well.
But instead of posting a solo photo of Hernandez on his Facebook page, he shared a shot of her dancing with her husband, who died of cancer in January.
"I love you grandma and grandpa," Sena wrote. "You both have helped me so much over the years.. No matter what was going on in my life you both were there. My heart is broke and my mind a wonder without you both here.... I will forever cherish our memories shared together.. God has his choice now. Love you!"
Here's that photo:
In the months that followed, little apparent progress was made in the investigation into Hernandez's death.
So, in late November, her family members took action, volunteering to distribute fliers about the case.
In an online post, one relative wrote, "Family and friends, please share this flier for this amazing woman, Susan Hernandez. For she deserves justice for this heinous crime that took place in July. Please help us bring the coward(s) to justice who committed this crime against her. If there is anyone out there who might have any information at all, please call Pueblo Crime Stoppers. Love and thanks to you all in advance."
The flier featured a favorite family snapshot of Hernandez:
These efforts continued into December, when family members were interviewed about the case by KRDO-TV.
Then, yesterday, Pueblo police revealed that Sena had been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in Hernandez's death.
We don't yet know what allegedly motivated the crime or if a tip related to the family's efforts led to Sena's bust. At this writing, his arrest affidavit remains sealed.
In the meantime, those who loved Hernandez now must grapple with the possibility that her killer was also a member of the family.
Look below to see Sena's booking photo, followed by a KRDO-TV report broadcast prior to his arrest.
Pueblo Police Department
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