Luz Hernandez’s remains was found in a shallow grave in New Jersey last month.
This week, a second person was charged with murder in the killing of a kindergarten teacher, Luz Hernandez, in New Jersey whose body was found in a shallow grave last month, strangled.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez declared on Friday that Leiner Miranda Lopez, who is 26 years old, is now being charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a kindergarten teacher, hindering, failing to get rid of human remains, and messing with physical evidence. He previously had been charged of disrespecting human remains before.
Lopez is still on the run after police identified him last month as a suspect.
Hernandez, a mother of three and a teacher at BelovED Charter School in Jersey City, was reported missing on February 6 and found dead the next day. An autopsy showed that she died because of the blunt-force and compressions on her neck.
Cesar Santana, Hernandez’s ex-husband, was arrested on February 10 at a hotel in Miami. He is 36 years old. He is being charged with murder in the first degree in killing of a kindergarten teacher and other crimes.
Lopez and Santana stopped a car on Central Avenue in Kearny, New Jersey, on February 5, the day before Hernandez went missing. Two days later, homicide police found Hernandez’s body near where that traffic stop took place.
Lopez is still being searched for by the police. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office can be reached at 201-915-1345 by anyone who knows where he is.
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