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Fiancé of woman who died after botched plastic surgery in Mexico wants murder charges

DALLAS, Texas — The fiancé of a Dallas real estate agent who died after a botched plastic surgery in Mexico is seeking a murder charge for the doctors.

Laura Avila was a healthy woman, focused on her career and busy with wedding planning in October. Her family is sharing her story with the goal of preventing another death like this.

Avila died almost a month after heading to Mexico for plastic surgery.

“She definitely brought the light to my darkness,” said Enrique Cruz, Avila’s fiancé.

He was by her side when she died in El Paso Saturday morning, Nov. 24 after being moved to a facility for comfort care.

“I’m kind of numb right now, with everything that is going on, and trying to be strong for the family,” said Cruz.

The injection of the anesthesia at the Rino Center in Juarez was wrongfully placed, causing a heart attack that resulted in brain swelling. Cruz said the nose job and breast implant replacement Avila scheduled never happened.

“We’ve already hired some attorneys. That’s what helped close the place down already,” said Cruz. “We’re after the doctors for negligence and now murder.”

Cruz is planning a celebration for his fiancée’s life in Tulum, Mexico, where their wedding was supposed to take place.

“That’s where I want to spread her ashes — in the ocean of Tulum where we first fell in love,” Cruz said. “She loved to sing. She loved to dance.”

No formal charges have been filed.

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