A 20-year-old Raleigh student, who was found dead in her apartment this week, married a man who was recently accused of killing her, court records show.
ELAINA ATHANS: A monument is growing along Hillsborough Street outside the apartment complex where Christina Matos once lived. People who leave flowers, candles and balloons with a message of love. Today, the man was accused of murdering a college student and went to court.
Eric Hernandez Mendes was charged with murdering his roommate and leaving Christina Matos dead. I still don’t know why or how she was killed. Overwhelmed by her sorrow, her parents spoke to us after the courtroom.
Yolanda Matos: Why are humans doing that? There is no respect you know. I have no regrets. There is no love. So it’s difficult.
ELAINA ATHANS: Hernadez-I’m learning that Mendez and Matos grew up together. They both attended Clayton High School and graduated from class in 2020. Hernandez Mendes uploaded this photo to Facebook with a hat and gown along with a strap around her neck. People who have attended hearings for years and know both anger and emotions.
— Everything about Christina was beautiful.
ELAINA ATHANS: A friend is confident that someone else is involved.
— What was done in the dark will eventually come to light.
— There is something else that needs an answer. There is something else!
ELAINA ATHANS: Her parents feel the same way.
Yolanda Matos: I can’t believe that only one did it to her.
ELAINA ATHANS: They lead responsibility by fighting for justice.
Yolanda Matos: I’m 100%, but I know my daughter is strong. I think she is fighting for life. And I know she has one gang, so they have another.
ELAINA ATHANS: So we will bring you back to the monument along Hillsborough Street. Her friends are also waiting for justice there.
In Raleigh, Elaina Athans, ABC 11 Eyewitness News.