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Family of murdered woman ready for trial after waiting four years

The trial is set to begin Monday for Jesse Vasquez, who is accused of stabbing Miriam Aguirre Salas in her South El Paso apartment in February 2013.

A jury has been selected in the capital murder trial of the man charged with killing a woman in 2013.

The trial is set to begin Monday for Jesse Vasquez, who is accused of stabbing Miriam Aguirre Salas in her South El Paso apartment in February 2013.

Earlier this year, the victim’s family turned to KFOX14 Investigates for help because they were frustrated that the trial had been delayed for four years.

“I am her voice. She’s not able to fight for her(self), I have to do it,” said Aguirre’s older sister Victoria Soria.

Friday, 12 men and women were selected to hear Miriam’s story, bringing the family close to the day they’ve prayed for.

Aguirre’s sisters said it's almost surreal.

“I thought I was prepared for this, but I don't think we are,” said Soria.

The trial was postponed eight times at the request of defense attorneys who had scheduling conflicts due to vacations, other trials and, one time, an eye surgery.

Aguirre’s family has kept her memory alive; they feel the justice system forgot about her.

“They have failed us and my sister,” said Soria.

After years of setbacks and delays, they now feel they're on the path to justice for her.

“I think we will be relieved. It's a big weight lifted off our shoulders,” said Lorena Magallanes, another sister.

It’s also going to put Aguirre’s family face to face with her accused killer.

Thinking about being in the same room as Vasquez, Magallanes said she feels angry.

After four long years of waiting for their day in court, they’re now trying to prepare for the pain of a trial.

Salas’ sisters tell KFOX14 it still doesn’t feel real that their day in court is finally here.

“Hopefully, this is it and we can finally close this chapter in waiting and find closure and hopefully we get what we want,” said Magallanes.

They are understandably feeling nervous and emotional.

“I just pray everything goes well and justice is finally served for her,” said sister-in-law Clarissa Hernandez.

They hope this is the last step to bring closure to this case and give their family, and Miriam, peace.

“We can finally just tell her, ‘We did it. We stood strong. We didn't give up on you,’” said Magallanes.

Vasquez is also charged with aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing two other people in Aguirre's apartment.

If convicted of capital, Vasquez faces life in prison.

Correction: Vasquez is not facing the death penalty in this case.

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