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Details revealed of woman's murder during DeKalb County crime spree
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Details revealed of woman's murder during DeKalb County crime spree

DEKALB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – More information is emerging about the incident that killed a DeKalb County woman. She was the victim of a crime spree that began in Henry County and ended in southeast Atlanta.


We are waiting for word from the DeKalb County Medical Examiner to indicate exactly how this woman was killed. It was definitely a violent encounter, given what was in the newly-released police report detailing what happened.

Rain-filled candles and flowers have been placed at the Shadowridge Drive home of Cathy Montoya, a 38-year-old independent political consultant and civil rights activist.

There is now an outpouring of support for Montoya, who was a well-known human and civil rights activist. She was active with a number of groups, including the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights and was very vocal within the local LGBT community.

In the crime spree that ended in Monday's SWAT standoff, police say Donte Wyatt first stabbed his estranged wife at a Waffle House in Henry County before driving to East Atlanta.

Police said they were able to disable the rental van he was driving, and traced it to Montoya's home. What no one can explain is why he picked this street and her home.

According to the police report, Cathy Montoya's front door was unlocked. She was found in a back bedroom of her home covered in blood, in a fetal position and appeared to have been strangled by something around her neck.

Police said Wyatt then drove a mile to another home, where the owner's dog was able to keep him at bay while the owner was able to call 911. Police found Wyatt holed up in the basement of that home with wounds from where the dog had bitten him several times.

Detectives are looking into whether the suspect knew the neighborhood he wound up in, or if he knew Montoya. The big question – why he allegedly killed someone, and why so violently, for a car.

Montoya lived with her wife, whom she married in Colorado. There is a fund set up online to help with expenses.

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