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Western Iowa town pays tribute to murder victim


Family and friends gathered, in Omaha, Wednesday night, for a funeral for Alex and Victoria Lee Vargas. The couple had only been married about six weeks when they were shot and their mobile home set on fire near Ewing, Nebraska.

Victoria's hometown of Missouri Valley, Iowa is also paying tribute. The city council used most of their meeting, Tuesday, to celebrate the contribution Victoria made. You see, she was the youngest council member in the town's history. She started her four year term at 18. Don Lee, Father says, "At first they thought, ya here's a blond headed, young high school girl. Oh huh ya, like she is going to be able to achieve anything these four years."

But victoria surprised the council. Sherman Struble, Council Member says, "She was a lady that knew what she was talking about because she had studied it all, more so than probably some of the rest of us."

The ceremony brought out a lot of tears .. and smiles too. Clint Sargent, Mayor says, "It just kind of brought back a lot of memories of the different late night meetings and planning sessions and some of those things that we are even doing today are because of what she helped push for at that time."

Victoria's family will forever be proud of their daughter who will live forever in Missouri Valley's history.

Besides the funeral mass in Omaha, another funeral is planned for this weekend in Missouri Valley. It's at 1:00pm Saturday afternoon. It'll be held at Christian Church located at 119 North 4th Street.

33-year old Matthew Hinrichsen of Ewing, Nebraska is charged with their murders and will be back in court later this month. Court documents say Victoria was Hinrichsen's ex-girlfriend. Even though they were killed more than five weeks ago, the funerals were not held until this week because the bodies were being held as part of the murder investigation.

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