Saying goodbye to slain mother

July 15, 2009 12:57:37 PM PDT
I suppose there's a certain gallows humor that people who cover news have to embrace. There's so much death and destruction and heartbreak, maybe it's just the psyche's response. Healthy response. But it doesn't mean that we're not horribly affected by it all.

Especially when there are kids involved.

And the brutal murder of 46-year-old Eridania Rodriguez involves kids. Her three children.

Rodriguez's body was found in an air duct of the downtown Manhattan building where she worked as a cleaning woman. She was hog tied, gagged, with her crucifix taped to her mouth.

There've been no arrests, although cops seem to be spending no small amount of time trailing a man they questioned for about 24 hours and then released ? an elevator operator in the building.

Tonight, her family's holding a private wake for Rodriguez, and then, early tonight, a funeral service. Because the killer has not been caught, cops have been asked to increase security at the funeral home. Our Jen Maxfield is there tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest on two big stories out of Washington ? the debate over health care reform (and the huge tax increases for some Americans to pay for it) and the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Jessica Taff (in for Scott Clark) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight 11.