Murdered Teen Had Four Loving Lesbian Moms

by QVegas Staff

Associated Press

Saturday June 14, 2008

On Monday, April 28, 17-year-old Joseph Lopez came home from Spring Valley High School then asked his adoptive mother, Elaine, to go outside for a while, promising to soon return. Several hours later when he had not returned home, Elaine began searching for her son, only to stumble upon a crime scene.

Joseph's body had been found in a storm drain near Tropicana and I-215 by a maintenance worker while removing a construction barrier above the storm drain. He had suffered numerous gunshot wounds.

Metro police began searching the area for any clues leading to the discovery of whomever committed this brutal murder. Surveillance tapes from the area initially led police to two young men captured on a nearby Jack in the Box camera, but the men soon came forward and were cleared of any wrongdoing. As of press time, police are still unsure of a motive for the murder and what person or persons are responsible.

Elaine adopted Joseph, a special-needs preemie, at three weeks of age. He was a good student and musically gifted. Joseph could pick up almost any instrument (including the drums, keyboard and violins he had at home) and begin playing with no formal instruction. At Spring Valley, he played violin in the Advanced Orchestra.

Classical music from Bach and Mozart were among Joseph's faves, as well as the music from such shows as Cavalia. He would play along at home with the soundtrack recordings his mothers would buy him. At school, he was in Theater Tech and had just completed a play that ran for three days. He was responsible for the staging and loved every minute of it. As a young child, Joseph would assist Elaine when she produced big concerts. He would help carry and place the electrical cords, lights and other equipment. Music and theater were his passions.

Socially, Joseph was a homebody, playing music and video games, watching movies and spending time with his extended family. He was a very private person but talked on the phone to friends frequently. The girls at school liked him, and he had many female friends.

Joseph is survived and lovingly missed by his four mothers, Elaine Lopez, her partner Terry Hillstrom, Pamela Leonard and her partner Ladana Medina.

The family is offering a $5,000 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in his muder.

Anyone with information concerning this crime are urged to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Unit at (702) 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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