Shooting death of 38-year-old mom leaves family with few answers

Desiree Alvarado’s giving nature is providing her 21-year-old daughter the strength to carry on.

“She had a big heart,” said Dezirae Alvarado. “If you ask anybody, they don’t have anything bad to say about her.”

“She was the backbone, she held our family together,” said Dezirae. “She was our glue.”

Alvarado, 38, was shot last Friday on a New Brunswick street in broad daylight. She died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Tuesday evening. Christian Cortes, 25, of North Brunswick, was arrested shortly after the shooting.

Alvarado was a mother of four, Dezirae, Manuel, 18; Joshua, 12; and Victoria, 10.

Magdalena Morales, Alvarado’s mother, was at the family home at the time of shooting. When Morales heard the gunshots, she ran to the window and saw her daughter walking up their driveway clutching her neck.

Neighbors told the family, as Alvarado walked to her car she was approached by a man and shot twice. Alvarado was simply going to pick up a friend and run some errands, Morales said.

Cortes, 25, of North Brunswick, has been charged with first-degree murder, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes in the second degree, according to authorities.

Read the entire article here.

Originally published on July 22, 2017.


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