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Authorities identify 29-year-old mother of two killed by her ex-husband on Valentine’s Day in Waukegan

Meztli Galindo, 29, of Waukegan, with her two children in an undated photo. | Photo via Facebook.

Authorities have identified a 29-year-old woman, who was a mother of two kids, that police say was murdered by her ex-husband on Valentine’s Day in Waukegan.

An autopsy showed Meztli Galindo, 29, of Waukegan, died as a result of multiple sharp force injuries, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.

The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department responded around 6:45 a.m. Sunday to the 500 block of Lakehurst Road.

Dispatchers received a 911 call from 31-year-old Jose A. Alvarado-Ramirez reporting that his ex-wife was unresponsive inside a vehicle.

Waukegan Police Commander Edgar Navarro said officers responded and located Galindo unresponsive in a parked white sedan.

Paramedics arrived and determined the woman was dead at the scene. Friends of Galindo said she was a mother of two children.

Jose A. Alvarado-Ramirez, 31, of Waukegan.

The Major Crime Scene Unit and Criminal Investigations Division (CID) detectives were called to investigate.

Detectives interviewed Alvarado-Ramirez, who lives in the 500 block of Lakehurst Road, which is the same block where the murder occurred. Detectives learned he was Galindo’s estranged ex-husband.

Police conferred with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office based on the evidence and they approved first-degree murder charges against the man.

Navarro did not release the circumstances leading up to the murder but did say detectives are classifying it as a domestic violence-related incident. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 9.

Alvarado-Ramirez is being held in the Lake County jail on a $2 million bond. He will be required to post $200,000 cash in order to be released on bail.

The homicide remains under investigation by the Waukegan Police Department and Lake County Coroner’s Office.