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Hermiston woman murdered; husband arrested

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HERMISTON, Ore. -- A Hermiston woman is dead and her husband is accused of killing her in their own home. Hermiston police say one of their children was there at the time.

Police identified the victim as 41 year old Hilaria Sanchez. Neighbors KNDU spoke to know her as "Gabriela". Her husband, 45 year old Maurillio Lamas Sanchez was arrested and charged with murder.

The couple lived in Village Park on 11th Street with their seven children. Police say when they arrived at the scene Wednesday afternoon, only one of the kids was home. As of now, the children are in the custody of the Department of Human Services.

Neighbors say they are shocked by what happened and that the family generally kept to themselves.

"All I know is that they've lived there for about a month and-a-half or so and they are a Mexican family. They seemed like they were OK you know, never talked to them. I've just seen them leaving and going to work, that's about it," said neighbor Chadd Mace.

Another neighbor says the family came from California but is originally from Mexico.

As for Sanchez, he was arraigned Thursday on murder charges. He is at the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton. The next step is for a grand jury to hear the case. It is the first homicide in Hermiston this year.

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