Tuesday, October 19, 2021

R.I.P.: Gaby Ramos, Salt Lake City Radio Personality Murdered


Gaby Ramos

A Salt Lake City Spanish radio host who often spoke out about violence on her show was shot and killed Sunday, police confirmed Monday.

The SLC Tribune reports Gabriela Sifuentes Castilla, 38, was fatally shot around 1:35 a.m. Sunday at her home which she shared with members of her family, Sgt. Aaron Cheshire with the Taylorsville Police Department said. She suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police are searching for 34-year-old Manuel Omar Burciaga-Perea in connection with the shooting, which detectives are investigating as a domestic homicide. He and the victim had been in a romantic relationship for less than a year, Cheshire said.

Sifuentes Castilla also was known by her on-air name Gaby Ramos. She had worked as a host on the radio station La Más Picosita on KRMI 1550 AM since March 2020. 

On her show “La Neta del Planeta” (The Truth of the Planet), she discussed topics including violence, substance abuse, injustice, nutrition, love and self-worth. The program was “dedicated to the service of the community,” according to Alex Calvo, director of La Más Picosita.

When Sifuentes Castilla and Burciaga-Perea broke up, “she tried to manage things the best way as possible, keeping him as a friend,” Calvo said. But her ex-boyfriend “was obsessed with her.”

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