(Trends Wide Spanish) — The name of Anggy Díaz, the 21-year-old girl who was decapitated on January 11, is added to the list of victims of domestic violence in the United States. Diaz’s life ended in Waller County, northeast of Houston, Texas, in the home she lived with her husband Jared Dicus, also 21, whom she married in October and is a suspect in the homicide. .
The man told authorities that he killed Diaz, in circumstances that are under investigation. According to information provided to Trends Wide by Waller County Sheriff Troy Guidry, on January 11 authorities received a call alerting them to a possible death at a home in the city of Magnolia.
Arriving at the scene, deputies found a horrifying scene: Diaz’s head was at the back of the house and his body was inside the home, according to the sheriff.
The area was covered in blood in “a gruesome scene,” Guidry said, adding that calls had previously been received from the same location reporting a disturbance. Dicus and Díaz lived on the property owned by the suspect’s parents, in a small house next to the main house, and it was precisely Dicus’s parents who sensed that something was not right, approached the young couple’s home and, upon Realizing what happened, they realized what had happened, they called the police.
According to Troy Guidry, Dicus was in the house and confessed to authorities that he took his wife’s life. The suspect was detained without resistance and his family underwent interrogation as part of the investigations. Authorities reported that Dicus used a kitchen knife to kill Diaz; the weapon is in the possession of the authorities.
In conversation with Trends Wide, the Waller County sheriff reported that Dicus’s bail was raised from $500,000 to $1 million. District Attorney Sean G. Whittmore said the initial guarantee was not high enough because of the nature of the girl’s death.
He also recalled the suspect’s violent behavior during a November arrest for drunk driving two months before his wife’s death. Whittmore said that, in that arrest, Dicus exhibited mood swings and violent behavior, including banging on windows, until he was eventually placed in a restraint chair. On that occasion, the suspect was released on $1,000 bail.
The Waller County District Attorney’s Office has already filed murder charges against Dicus, who remains in jail pending a date for his trial to begin. Angelica Fitzgerald, an employee of the office of criminal attorney Travis Fleetwood, who is representing the suspect, said Dicus’s defense had no comment at this time.
Surveillance video captured the same day as Diaz’s death appears to show Dicus leaving the supermarket where the woman worked.
The suspect pulls out a drink, leaves the premises without paying, takes a sip and gets in his vehicle and drives off, according to police, who say it’s unclear if this happened before or after his wife was beheaded, but it was that the same day.
Díaz came to the United States from Nicaragua at the age of 18 and worked in a supermarket where he met Dicus. Months later, the couple surprised family and friends by marrying privately last October, Irvin Orellana, the victim’s uncle, told Trends Wide.
The judge who married them, Trey Duhon, expressed on his social networks that he was saddened by the news, and said that in the short time he lived with the couple they were very nice. According to Sheriff Guidry, Diaz was undocumented.
At the victim’s funeral service, her relatives remembered her as a hard-working, optimistic young woman who came in search of the American dream: she liked Chinese food, the color pink, and her favorite tree was the Japanese cherry tree. She worked to help her foster mother in Nicaragua.
Her biological mother and her relatives who live in Houston have been devastated by the loss of Díaz, a young woman who is very active on her social networks where she was happy with positive messages and self-improvement, although according to her coworkers she was sometimes seen sad and worried but never complained that she had problems with her husband.
His relatives launched a GoFundMe campaign on January 12 and received just over $37,000 for Díaz’s funeral in Nicaragua. The remains of the young woman were received by her relatives and friends, whom she had left with many illusions, without imagining the sad end that awaited her.
Irvin Orellana, Díaz’s uncle and organizer of the GoFundMe initiative, told Trends Wide that the young woman’s family is trying to overcome this nightmare. When asked what, if they ever noticed a moment of anger or outbursts from Dicus, Orellana said no.
In 2022 they spent Thanksgiving and Christmas together, and it was Dicus who bought the gifts for the family.
Orellana says that Dicus expressed his satisfaction to be sharing these dates with them because his family was very reserved.
But from the good memories, the family moves on to the disturbing reality of knowing that on Christmas night they had a man in their house who, only two weeks later, confessed to the crime, according to the authorities.
Díaz’s family is grateful for the expressions of solidarity and affection on the part of the community and now it is their turn to follow the resignation process and find out what happened on January 11 in the home of the newlyweds so that the authorities dispense justice.
Elena Konstat, a clinical psychologist in Van Nuys, California, told Trends Wide that this is another example of domestic violence that becomes even more dramatic when the victim is disadvantaged because of being a woman, with few financial resources, with many responsibilities in their countries of origin and without documents to work in the United States.
Konstat adds that it’s important to seek help as soon as possible because silence is not an option in these cases.