Mother of 18-year-old found buried: "Immigrants are not evil."

Mom calls for new laws protecting immigrants

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WKBW) - The mother of an 18-year-old undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who was found buried on a farm in Wayne County last month is calling for stricter laws that would give better protection to immigrants. 

Estela, the mother of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, issued a statement that was read at an event organized by the Workers' Center of Central New York in Syracuse Tuesday.

"Immigrants are not evil, we come here to work," Rebecca Fuentes, a spokesperson for the Hidalgo-Calderon family told WHAM. "We are running from problems in our own country. The person who did this to my daughter is evil. It was so hard to think about my daughter full of life that life taken away from her."

Wayne County deputies suspended the search for Hidalgo-Calderon's missing 14-month-old son, Owen, on Sunday because there were not additional leads to follow at the farm in Sodus where his mother's body was found.

Alberto Reyes, the boyfriend of Hidalgo-Calderon, has been arrested and charged with evidence tampering. According to police, Reyes admitted to burying Hidalgo-Calderon but did not confess to killing her.

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