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Man Accused of Raping and Killing New Mexico Girl Says Victim ‘Loved’ Him: Police

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Warning: Some of the following descriptions and language are graphic.

Fabian Gonzales, one of the adults accused in a 10-year-old New Mexico girl’s August rape and killing, told police that the child — his girlfriend’s daughter — “loved” him and that she was “all grown up.”

Five hundred-plus pages of newly released police documents, obtained by PEOPLE, help describe the relationships between Victoria Martens and the three people charged in connection with her death.

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, say Victoria was drugged, sexually assaulted, killed and then dismembered in a historically violent crime.

Three people are in custody: Victoria’s mother, Michelle Martens; Martens’ boyfriend, Gonzales; and Gonzales’ cousin Jessica Kelley.

Under questioning soon after Victoria was killed on Aug. 23, Gonzales told Albuquerque police he began dating Michelle three weeks earlier, after they met on the dating app Plenty of Fish.

He told police he took care of Victoria while Michelle was at work.

However, he denied being responsible for the girl’s death or sexual assault, and his attorney tells PEOPLE he is waiting for DNA evidence.

AP
AP

“She [Victoria] loved me, you know,” Gonzales told police, according to interview transcripts. “She would always love — you know what I mean. She was, ‘Hey, Fabian,’ and we’d always smile.”

“That’s how I am with my kids, you know?” Gonzales continued, adding, “[Victoria is] real active, she’s cool. You know what I mean? She’s all grown up, you know, for her age.”

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During their investigation, police discovered a letter written by Victoria addressed to Gonzales, with a red heart cut out on the front.

“I like you because you are funny,” the letter read, according to police documents obtained by PEOPLE.

“I really like you,” the letter continued. “We were [supposed] to go to the zoo today and I just like you.”

Metropolitan Detention Center/AP
Metropolitan Detention Center/AP

Michelle told police she knew Gonzales and Kelley, who had just moved into her home, were sexually assaulting her daughter days before her death, according to interview transcripts. Michelle said she believed Gonzales was having sex with Victoria every day for a month, while she was at work.

(Michelle also confessed to police to seeking out men to sexually assault her children, 8-year-old Matthew and Victoria, which she enjoyed watching.)

During his interview, Gonzales told police he only witnessed Victoria’s assault and death, blaming Kelley for fatally stabbing the girl.

But at one point in his questioning Gonzales appeared to admit harming the child earlier the night she was killed.

“I think I hurt the little girl,” he said, according to the transcripts, adding, “She was screaming.”

Michelle told police both Gonzales and Kelley raped Victoria that night then fatally stabbed her and attempted to dispose of her body.

According to the transcripts, Kelley requested a lawyer before police could question her and demanded authorities present what evidence they had against her, asking, “Is it proven?”

Metropolitan Detention Center via AP
Metropolitan Detention Center via AP

Gonzales and Kelley have been charged with kidnapping, child abuse resulting in death and child rape. Martens has been charged with kidnapping and child abuse resulting in death.

They have pleaded not guilty to their charges.

Meanwhile, the community mourns. “I know she is in a better place now, but I can’t believe that happened to her,” Victoria’s former babysitter told a local paper after her death. “She was so young. I miss her.”

Attorney Tom Clark, who is representing Gonzales, tells PEOPLE he is waiting for more evidence to be released.

“We haven’t received DNA evidence,” Clark says. “The allegations against my client are based on what [Martens] said, so the DNA evidence is going to be key.

“If there is no biological evidence that connects [Gonzales] to the crime, the state’s going to have a real hard time.”

Kelley’s attorney could not be reached for comment, and Michelle’s attorney has asked the public to avoid jumping to conclusions until the defense has presented its case.

All three are scheduled for trial in 2017.