Son Speaks Out About Murder Of Gastonia Woman

The Latest (2/16/21):

The son of a Gastonia woman killed last month says the suspect in her murder is a former classmate.

41-year-old Francia Martinez was found dead inside her car on West 10th Avenue back on January 21st.

Her son Jonny says he grew up with the 16-year-old boy charged with her murder.

“We went to the same school, we talked here and there, we weren’t like close friends, we were cool,” says Jonny Martinez, the victim’s son.

“Maybe he was trying to give him a ride somewhere,” he says.

Gastonia Police won’t release the teen’s name because of his age.  Martinez leaves behind four children.

The Latest (2/15/21):

A 16-year-old has been arrested and charged after a woman was found dead inside a car in Gastonia on January 21st, police say.

According to the Gastonia Police Department, the teen-aged boy was arrested for the murder of Francia Magally Martinez.

Police say juvenile petitions have been obtained for First Degree Murder and Robbery in this case.

Original Story (1/22/21):

GASTONIA, N.C. — Gastonia police say they are conducting a homicide investigation after finding 41-year-old Francia Martinez dead on Thursday, January 21st.

Detectives say around 10:30 a.m. officers responded to West Tenth Avenue in Gastonia to check a vehicle that was down an embankment, and they found Martinez dead at the scene.

Police say the investigation is still in its early stages, and ask anyone with more information to call Detective C.D. Huffstetler at 704-842-5192.