Jose Lopez - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Valley And State

Jose Lopez

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:45 pm

On Aug. 1, 1909, Jose Lopez Lopez argued with Maria Espinoza, who owed his father $8. After Espinoza did not pay the debt, Lopez left the woman’s home near Hunt Highway and Attaway Road, four miles west of Florence and north of the Gila River, and later returned with a shotgun as she and her seven children were sleeping. One of Espinoza’s sons who heard Lopez enter the house, jumped out of bed and yelled, “What are you going to do with that gun?” When Espinoza awoke to the commotion. Lopez shot and killed her.

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