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A New Mexico woman was arrested after she allegedly used Snapchat to lure a man to his kidnapping and schemed a ransom payment that led to the murder of his brother. 

Ana Bella Duke, 18, was charged with murder, kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery and tampering with evidence in connection to the February 2021 killing of 24-year-old former corrections officer Elias Otero in Albuquerque. 

Duke turned herself in on Monday after she was charged in December, the Albuquerque Police Department said. 

The young woman reportedly used Snapchat to lure 20-year-old Nicholas Otero to Alvarado Park, where he was kidnapped and carjacked by three people.  

The suspects then drove to Otero’s residence in Southwest Albuquerque and FaceTimed him asking for a $1,000 ransom, the Daily News reported. 

While the suspects held Nicholas at gunpoint during the call, they told Otero they would kill his brother if he didn’t pay the ransom. 

Otero went outside his home with a gun to confront the suspects but was immediately killed by Duke’s alleged 17-year-old boyfriend, Adrian Avila. 

Avila turned himself in last moth. He is facing the same charges as Duke. It remains unclear who is the third suspect in the crime. 

Ana Bella Duke, 18, was charged with murder, kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery and tampering with evidence in connection to the February 2021 killing of 24-year-old former corrections officer Elias Otero

Ana Bella Duke, 18, was charged with murder, kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery and tampering with evidence in connection to the February 2021 killing of 24-year-old former corrections officer Elias Otero

Ana Bella Duke, 18, was charged with murder, kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery and tampering with evidence in connection to the February 2021 killing of 24-year-old former corrections officer Elias Otero

Otero was killed after he went outside his home in Albuquerque to confront the kidnappers of his 20-year-old brother Nicholas

Otero was killed after he went outside his home in Albuquerque to confront the kidnappers of his 20-year-old brother Nicholas

Otero was killed after he went outside his home in Albuquerque to confront the kidnappers of his 20-year-old brother Nicholas

Otero had gone outside his home in Southwest Albuquerque with a gun to confront the suspects but was immediately killed by Duke's alleged 17-year-old boyfriend, Adrian Avila

Otero had gone outside his home in Southwest Albuquerque with a gun to confront the suspects but was immediately killed by Duke's alleged 17-year-old boyfriend, Adrian Avila

Otero had gone outside his home in Southwest Albuquerque with a gun to confront the suspects but was immediately killed by Duke’s alleged 17-year-old boyfriend, Adrian Avila

Otero was killed by Duke's 17-year-old boyfriend, Adrian Avila, police said. Avila turned himself in last moth. He is facing the same charges as Duke

Otero was killed by Duke's 17-year-old boyfriend, Adrian Avila, police said. Avila turned himself in last moth. He is facing the same charges as Duke

Otero was killed by Duke’s 17-year-old boyfriend, Adrian Avila, police said. Avila turned himself in last moth. He is facing the same charges as Duke

Police said Duke and her accomplices robbed Nicholas Otero of money and jewelry before driving him to the family home on February 11, 2021. 

They then demanded Elias Otero to come outside the house to pay the ransom.

Otero reportedly threatened to shoot them before he was taken down by Avila. 

Otero’s mother told KRQE that while she was relieved Duke had turned herself in to authorities, she wished it had happened sooner. 

‘My youngest son was carjacked and they wanted more than my car. They wanted his jewelry,’ Alicia told abc. ‘They stripped him down. They took his credit cards and took whatever he had on him, but they wanted more money.’ 

‘Every day we wish that we get justice and, you know, someone to pay for what they did to him and knowing they finally turned themselves in, it just feels good that is not going to go unsolved,’ Alicia Otero told the outlet. 

‘I’m confident that justice is gonna be served,’ she added.    

Police at the Otero family home after the killing of Elias Otero in February 2021

Police at the Otero family home after the killing of Elias Otero in February 2021

Police at the Otero family home after the killing of Elias Otero in February 2021

Duke turned herself in on Monday after she was charged in December, the Albuquerque Police Department said

Duke turned herself in on Monday after she was charged in December, the Albuquerque Police Department said

Duke turned herself in on Monday after she was charged in December, the Albuquerque Police Department said

Otero's mother, Alicia, said he was doing well at work, he had his own place and he and his fiancé were starting to make plans to settle down

Otero's mother, Alicia, said he was doing well at work, he had his own place and he and his fiancé were starting to make plans to settle down

Otero’s mother, Alicia, said he was doing well at work, he had his own place and he and his fiancé were starting to make plans to settle down

Otero’s death has been a nightmare for his parents, his siblings, his fiancé and the rest of their close-knit family, his mom told the Associated Press in 2021. 

She said he was doing well at work, he had his own place and he and his fiancé were starting to make plans to settle down.  

‘He was very protective, his whole life. He was a correctional officer for years,’ Alicia said. 

Since her son’s murder, Alicia has been meeting regularly with other families who have lost their loved ones to violence – in hopes they can help stop the violence or just to have a shoulder to lean on.

‘Me and the other moms feel like no one is listening to us. No one is listening, like if their lives didn’t matter,’ said Otero in 2021. 

‘They’re not just a number – they’re everything to us.’

Since her son's murder, Alicia has been meeting regularly with other families who have lost their loved ones to violence - in hopes they can help stop the violence or just to have a shoulder to lean on

Since her son's murder, Alicia has been meeting regularly with other families who have lost their loved ones to violence - in hopes they can help stop the violence or just to have a shoulder to lean on

Since her son’s murder, Alicia has been meeting regularly with other families who have lost their loved ones to violence – in hopes they can help stop the violence or just to have a shoulder to lean on

Source: Daily Mail

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