Murder Victim’s Best Friend Speaks Out

Murder Victim’s Best Friend Speaks Out

Two weeks after the body of a 20-year-old Walla Walla woman who was shot to death was found, her close friends remain shocked over her murder and especially shocked at who is believed to have commited the crime.

Beatriz Fuentes lost her best friend, Yesica Olivos, two weeks ago and is still trying to figure out how to deal with it.

Although she never knew 17-year-old Carlos Valdez, charged with first degree murder for the shooting death of Yesica, she knew of him and would see him around town.

“We had no words we were shocked. It was surprising,” said Fuentes. “I don’t know what made them do this.”

Fuentes said the fact that Breanne Rutherford and Andres Torres Rodriguez, charged with redering criminal assistance in the murder, may be involved as well is shocking because she knows them.

Fuentes said she had a class with Rutherford in the 7th grade but she saw that as adults, Rutherford and her group of friends weren’t the best people for Yesica to hang around with.

“They seemed like they weren’t affecting her in a good way,” said Fuentes.

Fuentes said she worked a lot but anytime she had to talk to Yesica, she would try to give her advice.

“I would tell her stay away from people like that,” said Fuentes. a

The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department confirms Yesica was using drugs and hanging out with people affiliated with gangs, something law enforment said is a recipe for disaster that could get anyone in serious trouble.

Fuentes has some advice for people whose best friends may be rolling with the wrong crowd.

“Just give your friends the best advice not to hang out with the wrong people,” said Fuentes.