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By Mike Heine /The Week

(Published June 13, 2007, 10:36 a.m.)

Argenis and Isaiah Christian Analco. Twin infants who were just 6 months old.

Ashley Lynn Huerta. A 21-year-old married woman who wanted to be a nurse.

Nicole Marie McAffee. A 19-year-old mother of three.

Vanessa L. Iverson. A 19-year-old mother of two.

Amborosio Analco. A 23-year-old father of three.

All young.

All people who haven't experienced everything life has to offer.

All are dead, victims of what appears to be a horrific murder-suicide in the upper apartment of a duplex at 309 S. Second St. in Delavan Saturday night.

Each was shot. Police are releasing few other details.

A witness points to Amborosio Analco as the shooter, but even that is unconfirmed by authorities three days after the incident.

There is little we know about what happened inside the home at approximately 10:36 p.m., June 9.

Gaspar Huerta, Ashley's 27-year-old husband, survived by jumping off a balcony, according to his 911 call. He told police he saw Analco inside shooting his wife and child.

Jasmine Analco, a 20-month-old infant, survived a shot to the chest and is in good condition at University Hospital in Madison.

Besides that, details are sketchy at best.

But who are these people, the victims of Delavan's most heinous crime ever; one that was so horrific it had a prosecutor with 22 years of experience say it was the most carnage he had ever seen?

Here's what we now know about them:

Ashley Lynn Huerta and Nicole Marie McAffee

Ashley and her sister, Nicole, lived at 309 S. Second St.

Together, with Ashley's husband, Gaspar, they helped raise Nicole's three young children, said Karen 'Dee Dee' Sittler, Ashley and Nicole's aunt.

Ashley met Gaspar when she was 15 or 16 years old and in December 2005, they got married at the Walworth County Courthouse without friends or family present, Sittler said.

"My nieces were very, very, very close," Sittler said. "They looked out for each other. They got out on their own when they were very young. They never asked our family for help."

They did OK, though. Nicole was a stay-at-home mom, while Ashley worked as a cashier at Pick 'n Save and Gaspar worked at a resort, Sittler said.

"To have a (nearly) 2-year-old and a set of twins, how a 19- and a 21-year-old could handle that, I don't know, but they did," Sittler said. "They did what they had to do. They were always clean and the kids were never dirty. We told them, 'God, we're so proud of you for doing the right thing.'"

Both girls had been enrolled at Badger High School before finding new schools.

Ashley went to New Chance School in Elkhorn from September 2001 until June 2002. She was the only girl in the class of about 8, said her teacher, Dagmar Knorr. In the fall of 2003, she attended the Alternative High School in Elkhorn.

"She struck me as one of those girls who might not have been that interested in going to college, but thought her high school diploma was important because she wanted to have a nice life," Knorr said. "She wanted to get it together."

Ashley had focus, desire and wanted to finish high school.

She received her diploma from Badger High School with the Alternative High School's endorsement, said Marilyn Giacomelli, a math teacher at the Alternative High School.

"I remember her being a really nice, young lady," Giacomelli said. "She was really struggling and really wanted to get her diploma. She finally did. She worked very hard."

Nicole went to the Alternative High School in 2005, Giacomelli said. She didn't graduate, primarily because she missed a lot of days. Being a young mother attributed mostly to her absences, her teacher said.

"She was more quiet and more reserved and she didn't go out of her way to ask for help," like her sister sometimes did, Giacomelli said.

"Nicole was just like her sister, so sweet, but she was so quiet...I guess that (quietness) is the opposite of her sister," said a school friend, Samantha Krahn, of Lake Geneva.

Sittler agreed that Nicole was quieter of the two and wasn't aware if her niece had any career goals.

"She just liked being a mom," Sittler said. "For being a young kid, I mean, she was good at it. I'll tell you, she was good at it."

Argenis and Isaiah Christian Analco, and Jasmine Analco

Three happy, beautiful children was how Sittler described Nicole and Amborosio's babies.

Nicole, Ashley and Gaspar acted as a team to take care of them and they never complained about the struggles of child-rearing, Sittler said.

Ashley, who had no kids of her own, was like a second mom to the children, her aunt said.

Sittler believed Nicole and Amborosio had been broken up, but said Nicole wanted to keep the children's father in their lives. Amborosio often took care of the children and he apparently paid his child support.

"They just looked beautiful. We enjoyed them. They're precious," Sittler said.

Jasmine has clung to life because she has the will of her mother and aunt, Sittler said.

"Doctors can do all they want. If you don't have that spirit in you... you know, that (spirit) has a lot to do with it," Sittler said. "Their mom and their aunt, they were determined."

Vanessa L. Iverson

"I like to spend time with my children, sing, shoot pool, draw and hang out with my friends and family."

That's how Vanessa spent her free time, according to her Myspace.com page, which depicted an angel sitting on a bed of pink roses in the background.

Vanessa has two children, Katrina, 5, and Nevin, 7 months, both from different fathers, her family said. She lived with her mom near Turtle Lake, north of Delavan. Her father had passed away.

She enrolled at New Chance in November 2001 and schooled there until May 2002, but never received a high school diploma, according to her teachers.

Attendance was also an issue as Vanessa had a young child at home, said Ann Serpe, one of her teachers.

"She had just had a baby and she would bring pictures and talk about the baby all the time," Serpe said.

She was a very gifted writer and was friendly with her classmates, Knorr said.

"She was more social. She liked to talk. She would chat with anybody sitting next to her," Knorr said.

Vanessa, Ashley and Nicole were the best of friends since high school, her mother, Kay Macara said. She was visiting them the night the shooting erupted and had spent the night there on Friday, her family said.

"She was very happy, very bubbly, very friendly," Macara said. "She was always there for anybody in the family. She would always step in if people were fighting. She would always try to be the mediator."

Iverson was in the wrong place at the wrong time, her family said.

Amborosio Analco

"He was a nice guy. He would take care of his family," said his cousin Marco Pastrana.

Amborosio, a Mexican immigrant who first moved to the United States when he was 14, liked to play soccer and hang out with his family and friends. He worked for a job service agency, Pastrana said.

More than anything, he loved his children, said Pastrana, who rated Amborosio a 10 out of 10 as a father.

"During the weekends, he saw the kids," Pastrana said. "He would come to my house. He'd stay there a little bit and he'd go to his house and spend time with his kids.

"He was such a good dad."

Pastrana's little brother, Omar, agreed.

"He loved them a lot. He would never hurt his own kids. He wasn't a violent guy."

Analco would come to family functions with Nicole, before they broke up sometime late last year, Sittler said.

"He seemed always very pleasant," she said. "He never gave us any suggestions that there was a problem."

Others who knew Amborosio alleged he was violent with Nicole and threatened to kill her if she cheated on him. Gaspar's brother, Victor, said Gaspar was even afraid of Amborosio. The two did not always get along, family members said.

"He never looked for trouble as far as I knew," said a friend, who wished not to be identified. "He was a hard worker. He provided for his kids. He loved his kids so much.

"(Analco and McAffee) always found a way to reconcile their differences for their kids. They had their moments, like everybody. He was a good father."

 

(Janesville Gazette reporters Stacy Vogel, Ann Marie Ames and Gina Duwe contributed to this story.)

 

 

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