Who is Jesse Valencia? ( Murder) Wiki, Bio, Age, Murder, Family, Career, Net Worth, Many More Facts You Need To Know

Jesse Valencia Wiki – Jesse Valencia Bio

Jesse Valencia Is 23 years old. Jesse Valencia junior at the University of Missouri

Jesse Valencia was killed near his university campus on June 5, 2004. He was found dead with a throat cut on a lawn near campus. The 23-year-old was lying on his back and was wearing nothing more than a pair of underpants. His story will be told tonight, April 24, on NBC’s Dateline, which airs at 9 p.m. ET / PT.

NBC’s ‘Dateline’ explores the shocking murder of a college student in Columbia, Missouri. Entitled “Before Daylight”, we learn how the body of Jesse Valencia was found in a garden near campus. He was on his stomach, dressed only in boxers, and his neck had a deep cut. There were bruises on the sternum and between the shoulder blades.

Jesse Valencia Age

He was 25 years old.

Jesse Valencia Death & Cause

On the afternoon of June 5, 2004, when University of Missouri third-year student Jesse Valencia was found dead with a throat cut on a lawn near campus. The 23-year-old was lying on his back and was wearing nothing more than a pair of underpants. “The cut on the neck was … so deep that the knife blade had also cut the spine,” Boone County Special Prosecutor Morley Swingle said, adding that Valencia had a series of bruises on the sternum and between the shoulder blades. Multiple sources say that Valencia’s body was found just one block from where he lived. When nearby residents were interviewed, a man reported hearing a discussion around 4 a.m. in the Valencia department where he lived alone.


The investigation eventually uncovered forensic evidence that led police officers to arrest Steven Rios, a patrol car. Previously, the Columbia police officer had been questioned because he was believed to be having sex with Jesse. While Ríos was sentenced to life in prison and another 23 additional years, the fight is not over for Jesse’s mother, Linda Valencia. It was reported in 2015 that Linda returned to Missouri, trying to retrieve the items from Jesse that were held by the Columbia Police Department as evidence. Unfortunately, she lost most of her photos in a house fire in 2013. After the department refused to turn over the belongings, she stated, “I lost 23 years of photos, and they have photos that they won’t give me.” Linda’s misfortune caught the attention of other media outlets, and you can see a tweet of the only pictures of Jesse left with Linda.

Jesse Valencia Boyfriend (Steven Rios)

According to the Oxygen documentary, Valencia had many friends who came forward after his death to tell investigators about Valencia’s life. They said that Jesse had told them he was having sex with a Columbia police officer identified as Steven Rios.

Andrew Schermerhorn, Valencia’s “friend with benefits,” came forward to confirm the story, adding that the three of them had a sexual encounter at Valencia’s apartment just a few weeks prior to the murder. He was able to look through the Columbia Police Department’s yearbook and identified the man in his story as Patrolman Steven Rios, who was 27 years old.

When he was initially arrested by the police about the alleged affair, he denied it. Later, though, he admitted he had a sexual relationship with Valencia, though he maintained he had nothing to do with the murder. There was a lack of physical evidence at the crime scene, so no charges were filed at that time.

Jesse Valencia Poem

Jesse had written a poem about how he could die soon and left it in his wallet before the murder. His mother told “An Unexpected Killer”, which aired on Oxygen in 2019, that her son had a fortune thanks to a cookie he said he would soon pass on in his wallet and in the poem.

“And there was a poem that Jesse had written a few days before about his own death and that he was going to die soon and that was describing the farm where we lived, it was beautiful.” She had him buried near the path he spoke of in the poem, and said that maybe it was her way of saying that “everything was going to be fine.”

Who is Steven Rios? ( Arrested)     

Valencia was arrested at a friend’s house after asking police officers for probable cause when they broke up the party according to Swingle. The prosecutor said that Ríos gave Valencia a municipal court summons for “obstructing a government operation.” Valencia’s mother added that Ríos asked Valencia personal questions on the way to the station, and the attention did not stop there. Ríos showed up at the Valencia department the next day, claiming he had more questions that he needed to answer. Linda said that “they went out several times after that, and he would return to Jesse’s apartment … even when he was in uniform.” According to a close friend from Valencia, Joan Sheridan, he believed that the charges against him would be dropped when he went to court because of his relationship with Ríos, but that was not the case.

“It had not been ruled out, and that had angered Jesse,” Swingle said. “So Jesse had told Joan that the next time the police officer comes, I’m going to tell him that I have a little secret that the chief of police might want to know.” Police Captain Schwartze received a phone call from Rios saying he had “done something wrong”, saying he was 150 miles away in Kansas City with a shotgun he had bought. The Captain believed that he was going to commit suicide, so he begged him to return to Columbia, which he did. When he returned to Columbia, Ríos was placed in protective custody and placed on hold for 96 hours in a mental center. He managed to escape the facility, heading to the roof of a nearby parking lot where he again threatened to commit suicide. The police were able to convince him again of the ledge, taking him back to a mental center. During his stay at the facility, forensic evidence returned from the laboratory that found loose hairs on Valencia’s chest that match the hair on Ríos’s arm. Ríos was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, pleading not guilty. In 2005, a jury found Ríos guilty of first-degree murder, a crime that contained an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole. The jurors recommended an additional 10 years, mostly symbolic, for the charge of armed criminal action related to Ríos’ use of a knife in crime.

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