Canyon County

Family of murdered Wilder woman to honor her in Saturday ceremony

Amparo Godinez Sanchez
Amparo Godinez Sanchez Provided by Judy Diaz

Amparo Godinez Sanchez, who was shot to death at her Wilder home on June 11, 2015, will be remembered Saturday by her family and friends.

A balloon release will take place at noon at Advocates Against Family Violence, 1508 Hope Lane in Caldwell.

Godinez’s husband, Erasmo Diaz, is suspected in the murder. Canyon County deputies say Diaz shot Godinez multiple times inside their home on Red Top Road and later fled. His car was found abandoned 12 miles from Wilder, in Adrian, Ore., but Diaz hasn’t been seen since.

Godinez, 39, spent months last year recovering after a serious auto accident. She was killed her first week back at work as a manager at the Sorrento Lactalis cheese factory in Nampa.

Family members were so worried about Diaz coming back and causing harm that they didn’t publicize when and where Godinez’s funeral took place. She is survived by her adult daughters Laura and Judy Diaz, and by a teenage son.

In conjunction with the memorial, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office put out a call Friday asking for the public’s help in locating Diaz, 51. Authorities said Diaz has relatives and friends in the Adrian area.

“This was a senseless tragedy that took the life of an innocent mother,” Sheriff Kieran Donahue said in a written release. “As we move past the one-year anniversary of her death, I want to reassure her family and the community that my office is doing everything possible to bring Mr. Diaz to justice.”

Diaz, who was convicted of misdemeanor assault against his wife in 2008, is described as 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. He is missing the thumb on his left hand.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office at 454-7531 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell