Some stories are almost too gruesome to even report and this is one that falls into that category. If you don’t have a strong stomach, you may want to pass on this one. The Denver Post reports an Aurora, Colorado teen was formerly charged on Thursday with the brutal murder of her mother. Isabella Guzman is only 18 years old and she could be spending the rest of her life in prison. She allegedly stabbed her mother in the face and neck 79 times.
The attack occurred in the Aurora home on South Lima Street where Guzman lived with her mother. Aurora police were called to the home Wednesday evening at about 10:00 p.m. where the suspect’s father Robert Guzman answered the door and told police his ex-wife was upstairs and needed help. She was found near the bathroom in a pool of blood.
According to the Denver Post, the suspect's father said his daughter and her mother, Yun Mi Hoy, "were getting into fights all the time." He also told them that the teen was becoming “more threatening and disrespectful” in recent days. Her mother had called police that afternoon because she had grown fearful of her daughter. Police told Guzman Wednesday afternoon that she would be kicked out of her house if she did not shape up.
The story says that Isabella Guzman sent her mother an email the day before telling her mother, “You will pay.” Her father also told police the 18 year-old had spit in her mother’s face the night before the brutal murder. The victim was stabbed repeatedly in the face and neck and was not breathing when police arrived.
Aurora homicide detectives offered no clues about a motive, but Ryan Hoy the suspect’s stepfather told them the teenager had been a challenge. His wife had sent Guzman to live with her biological father when she was about seven because her behavior had become so difficult.
Relationships between teens and parents can be difficult in the best of circumstances. When you add in the stress of divorce and remarriage and a mom who often worked 12 hour days, it compounds the problem. But it appears our society is getting more violent by the day and many teens resort to extreme violence like we saw this week in another deadly stabbing at Spring High School in Houston, Texas.
It would be easier to ignore these stories and focus on fun and positive ones. But it’s hard to deny something is going on in our world that is causing conflicts to escalate to these extreme levels causing our teens to murder each other and their parents. Where is the hope in a world that appears to be out of control?