Children find slain mother in bedroom

Investigation underway after woman murdered in Alief home

HOUSTON - An investigation is underway after a woman was found shot to death in her bedroom in the Alief area Friday afternoon.

Delmy Martinez, 31, was discovered by her two sons in their home on the 12000 block of Pine Knoll Drive, authorities said.

Police are now searching for Martinez's white or silver Nissan Rogue with a Texas license plate number of DMP 8163. Authorities said it was in her garage but is now gone.

The scene of the crime was quiet Saturday as police search for the person responsible for murdering the mother of two.

Neighbors are trying to wrap their minds around what happened inside the home Friday afternoon.

"Just a really bad situation," neighbor James Wynn said. "I feel really bad for the kids."

Wynn said he saw the 12- and 14-year-old boys minutes after they discovered their mom dead.

"I saw them sitting in the neighbor's yard," Wynn said. "They were sitting there crying with their heads in their hands."

Friends of Martinez said she was from El Salvador and had recently moved her sons here to have a better life. Martinez had plans to celebrate a friend's birthday Saturday afternoon.

"She was going to spend the day with us but it didn't happen," a close friend of Martinez said.

The woman told Local 2 that Delmy was her mom's very best friend and she saw her almost every week.

"She was a really good person. She was always happy, a happy person," the woman said.

Police haven't tracked down the killer or even named a person of interest. Close family friends said they were concerned about fighting between Delmy and her husband, who she had known for about two years.

"We told her to let him go and move on, but she couldn't. He wouldn't let her," the woman said. "He loved her a lot, and we really didn't think he would touch her or hit her or be violent to her."

Her friends are now worried for their own safety until the person responsible is caught.

The boys are now with family.

"I'm worried for the kids," Wynn said. "They're probably scarred for life because of this."

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