Ex-boyfriend charged in teacher's murder

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Estol "Hector" Molina, 42, of Newark has been arrested for the murder of Erica Ortiz-Fuentes, 36, also of Newark.

September 30, 2010 8:30:45 PM PDT
A pre-school teacher's aide was stabbed to death on her way to work in Newark Thursday morning.

Erica Ortiz, 36, was on her way to the St. Francis Head Start School on St. Francis Street around 7 a.m..

Police said the attacker stabbed her in the neck. She was taken to University Hospital and pronounced dead at 8:01 a.m.

Estol "Hector" Molina, 42, of Newark has been arrested for the murder. Molina is the victims ex-boyfriend according to police.

Ortiz had a restraining order against him, authorities said.

Ortiz had filed numerous domestic violence complaints against him.

Bail has been set at $1 million.


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