Christina Archuleta and her two sons, ages 7 and 10, went on a camping trip with Archuleta's boyfriend, John Anthony Vasquez, on June 16. They set up camp in the Arapaho National Forest, near Idaho Springs, Colorado.
That night, Archuleta and Vasquez got into a fight, according to one of the boys, who later told authorities Vasquez kicked his mother, who in turn punched her boyfriend in the face, splitting his lip.
Early the next morning, one of the boys witnessed Vasquez setting his mother on fire.
When medical personnel arrived, they found her with third-degree burns on approximately 60 percent of her body, according to an affidavit filed with the state of Colorado.
After being flown to University Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, she was put in a medically induced coma, but died of her injuries on July 20, according to a GoFundMe page that family and friends had set up to help pay for her medical expenses.
During the criminal investigation that followed the incident, one of Archuleta’s sons told the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation that he saw Vasquez set his mother on fire and then kick dirt on her.
“Being poured gasoline on you and being caught on fire in front of your two boys, I mean it’s just the most awful thing,” Archuleta’s friend, Vangie, told KDVR. “I can’t even imagine what those little boys went through.”
Following the news of Archuleta’s death, the following announcement was posted on the GoFundMe page:
I’m sure a lot of you have already heard that our dearest daughter went to be with the Lord. What a heart wrenching time. I will miss her. Her poor boys. They took it so hard. It was so devastating to see their broken hearts. Please pray for them that God comforts their hearts. It was a tough day. Thank you all for everything that you have done for our daughter, her boys and us. Thank you for all the love, support and donations you have shown and shared with Tina and her boys. We love you and may God bless you.
Assistant District Attorney Heidi McCollum announced on July 21 that Vasquez will be charged with murder, reports KDVR. His bail has been set at $2 million.