MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) -- It's every mother's worst nightmare, the idea of losing a child. For Midland Resident Lydia Frescaz, the nightmare became a terrible reality almost 25 years ago, when her daughter Angela was murdered.
"It's a pain you just don't get over but you learn to live again. That's the deal you learn to live again," Frescaz said.
Angela was 20 years old at the time of her death. She was also 5 and a half months pregnant with her second child, who also did not survive. Frescaz says when Angela died her young son was just 11-months-old.
According to Frescaz the relationship between Angela and her husband, Gilbrert Rivera was abusive and strained. She had already made several attempts to leave him when he attacked her in a parking lot. Frescaz said Rivera shot her daughter three times with a sawed off shotgun.
Angela lived for ten days following the attack, but doctors told Frescaz the damage to Angela's body was just too much. Rivera went on to be tried and convicted for Angela's murder.
"He is very vindictive, he is very evil and I know if he gets out he's going to find a way to get us," Frescaz said.
Rivera is up for parole, the third time since 2007. For Frescaz, the idea of Rivera being free is one she can hardly accept.
"The only reason I can sleep, the only reason I can breathe is because I know he's in there. But if he ever gets out, I'm gonna to be a mess," Frescaz said.
To prevent Rivera from ever getting out, Frescaz must collect letters of support from friends, family and members of the community. The letters help to influence the decision of a three member parole board. Frescaz said it's frightening for her to think that such a small number of people will make this life changing decision for her and her family.
"Without those letters, they'll say well let's let them go," Frescaz said.
Frescaz is pleading for anyone and everyone in the community to write a letter on her behalf. She says Rivera is a menace to the community and she has no doubt, if he ever gets out that her safety will be at risk.
"People think it's been 25 years, if he gets out, he'll leave you alone. It does not work that way. He will come and hurt us and make our lives miserable. Because he's going to say well I was in prison all those years, payback time," Frescaz said.