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The answer always is no. Christopher Ortega's death has been unimaginable from the night she first heard the news.

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For the people who knew him best, everything about the killing of Christopher Ortega more than six months ago remains a mystery.

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"I instantly knew he was dead," Ortega said.

´╗┐Grieving mother seeks closure to Asheville murder case

That night, Oct. 28, 2013, a Converse Shoes For Men Leather White

Monday, Raymond and Marianne Ortega, were in their bedroom watching "Dancing With the Stars," when Marianne saw a notice pop up on her cell phone that someone had sent her a message on Facebook.

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Was the case allowed to grow cold before any investigation ever really got started? Why would there have been no warning for friends and family that Ortega might be in trouble?

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His mother, Marianne Ortega, now works to keep her son's name in the public eye and in the news, hoping something will lead to a break in the case. It is a rare unsolved homicide in a city that typically has fewer than 10 killings in a year; Asheville has only three unsolved killings in the past five years.

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Why would it take police so long to notify the public that there had been a homicide, despite the discovery of his bruised and partially clothed body underneath a desk in his north Asheville apartment?

from a detective until Wednesday.

Multiple art shows were held in Ortega's memory in his hometown of Fayetteville, prompting a newspaper article on the mystery. His mother is also working to have his art displayed in other venues in the eastern part of the state. She routinely calls police here, and asks reporters if they have heard anything new about her son's case.

"Mrs. Ortega, you don't know me, but do you know what happened to Chris?"

Ortega said police asked her: "Was he on drugs? Why would he choke himself?"

"The police did not call us," Marianne Ortega said. "They did not know where the body was, where it happened. No record."

EDT May 7, 2014

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More than six months have passed since his Christopher Ortega's body was discovered in his North Asheville apartment. The murder case is still unsolved.

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But most of all, who would want the death of Ortega, a talented, 35 year old aspiring artist who moved to Asheville for its quirky vibe.

It wasn't until the following morning that Gentry learned her brother's body was at Mission Hospital. Marianne Ortega said Gentry talked to a victim's advocate but the family did not hear Converse All White Price

Finding out through Facebook

"When I tell people I had a friend murdered, they always ask, 'Did he do drugs? Did he do bad things?" said Kami Styles, a friend of Ortega's. "People just assume Converse High Tops White Ebay

Ortega's killing was one of five in 2013, Sgt. Dave Romick said this week. But police Converse Running Shoes then classified it only as a suspicious death.

Robert Ortega, Chris's 22 year old brother who was at his mom's Fayetteville home doing school work, started checking Facebook. Christopher's ex girlfriend posted rest in peace on his wall.

The message sent the family into crisis mode, trying to confirm whether Ortega's motherly intuition was true. She asked the woman on Facebook who she later learned was a friend of her son what happened, but received no response.

Gina Gentry, Christopher's 31 year old sister and one of three siblings, works as a hospital nurse. She called around to hospitals and police that night. They knew nothing.

he was a bad person or did something shady."

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