Family wants answers in death of girl found in dumpster

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Family wants answers in death of girl found in dumpster

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Claudia Ann Lucero, 14, was last seen at her Mesa home about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. (Source: KPHO) Claudia Ann Lucero, 14, was last seen at her Mesa home about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. (Source: KPHO)

MESA, AZ (CBS5) - Mesa police have identified the body found in a dumpster early Friday morning as a 14-year-old Mesa girl.

Police said Claudia Ann Lucero was last seen at her Mesa home about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, said Mesa police Sgt. Tony Landato. No arrests have been made, he said.

Monday evening, about 100 people gathered at the scene for a candlelight vigil in honor of Claudia.

A police spokeswoman called the death "suspicious" and said the body was found at the Sun Gardens Apartments at 860 E. Brown Road.

A resident of the complex said she heard shouting about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Shortly after, two girls ran upstairs and knocked on her door asking to use her phone to call police because they said there was a body in a dumpster, she said.

Monday afternoon, CBS 5 News spoke with Claudia's brother and cousins about how the family is dealing with her death.

"We want answers," said Ricky Lucero, her older brother. 

"That's my sister. For them to throw her in the trash like that just tells me my sister was trash, and she wasn't trash. She wasn't trash at all," he continued. 

The family gathered at a relative's house, praying and crying over their loss.  

"I just miss all her smiling," said Lupe Lucero, the victim's cousin. She described the 14-year-old as a bubbly teen who loved fashion and makeup. 

Mesa police are not releasing any other information until Tuesday at the earliest.

A spokesperson for the department would not explicitly say the murder was an isolated incident, but he did say there is no reason to believe others are in danger.

Landato said anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Mesa Police Department at480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377).

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for new details on this story.

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