Police in San Jose are investigating the gruesome death of 20-year-old Norma Leticia Martinez, who was struck by a car, dragged up to two blocks and left in the middle of traffic. She later died from internal injuries. The family believes this was a hate crime. But police are looking for Martinez's ex-girlfriend, who is missing and witnesses saw argue with the deceased only hours before her death.
Martinez's brother, Iven Perez said Martinez got into an argument with the woman Monday morning. "The argument started here in the front of the house it went from here to the corner," said Perez [who] said the family landlord witnessed a fight between Martinez and her ex- girlfriend at about 6am. "He saw her on top of the car and the car was going. The officer said there's a skid pattern so I'm assuming she was on the car then hit the brakes and she flew off the car and got ran over." Martinez' body was found in the middle of Michigan Avenue, near the Star of the Sea church. She was taken to the hospital where she later died.
Several members of the Martinez family said Leticia's death was a hate crime linked to her sexual orientation. They believe she was lured and attacked by a man who previously threatened her because of her sexuality. Investigators say they have "no evidence" to believe it was a hate crime and are concentrating manpower on finding the missing ex-girlfriend.
Family members tell KGO that Leticia had just started a new job at McDonald's, had a new girlfriend and was "happy" about the new direction in her life. KGO's early report on Martinez' death does not include KTVU's late-breaking details on the ex-girfriend. Watch the report WHEN YOU JUMP...