Maria Cristina Ramirez-Diaz, OC Homicide No. 51: Allegedly Killed by Baby Daddy

Courtesy of GGPD
Arturo Salazar

UPDATE: Orange County District Attorney's statement claims the suspect beat and strangled his former girlfriend after she asked for money to care for their 8-year-old daughter (see end of post) . . .

Family members found
Maria Cristina Ramirez-Diaz on the garage floor of an apartment in the 13000 block of
Fairview Avenue in Garden Grove around 4:30 p.m. on Friday. She had been beaten and strangled.

Responding Garden Grove Police officers, who pronounced the 42-year-old dead at the scene, did not have to go far to find their murder suspect.

He was inside the apartment when they arrived.

In fact, 50-year-old Arturo Salazar lives there. Ramirez-Diaz used to before moving out and relocating in Santa Ana.

She and Salazar had a prior romantic relationship and she bore him an 8-year-old daughter, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, which believes the ex's had a fight over Ramirez-Diaz's demand for money from Salazar to help raise the child.

He was taken to the Garden Grove Police headquarters, where he was arrested on suspicion of murder after questioning. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office statement on the charges follows . . .

October 18, 2010


WESTMINSTER – A man will be arraigned this afternoon for murdering his
ex-girlfriend by beating her to death after she asked for money to take
care of their 8-year-old daughter. Arturo Tapia Salazar, 42, Garden
Grove, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum
sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. The people
will be requesting $1 million bail at Salazar's arraignment today, Oct.
18, 2010, this afternoon in Department W-14, West Justice Center,

On the afternoon of Oct. 15, 2010, 52-year-old Cristina Ramirez arrived at
Salazar's Garden Grove apartment. The defendant is accused of engaging
in an argument with his ex-girlfriend after she asked for money to care
for their 8-year-old daughter. Salazar is accused of hitting and beating
Ramirez repeatedly and strangling her to death.

The victim died at the scene due to strangulation and blunt force trauma
to the head. Witnesses called 911. Salazar was arrested at the scene by
Garden Grove police.

Senior Deputy District Attorney

Cameron Talley of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.


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