Remembering Cally Jo Larson, 18 Years Since Girl’s Murder

(Waseca, MN) – Family and friends, along with residents of Waseca and across the region are remembering a life lost too soon.

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the murder of 12-year-old Cally Jo Larson.

Larson’s killer, Lorenzo Sanchez, pleaded guilty and is serving life in prison at a facility in Huntsville, Texas, although he is expected to be eligible for parole starting in 2030.

Sanchez was an illegal immigrant who had been living in Waseca for a couple years under a false name when he broke in to burglarize the Larson’s home on April 20th, 1999. He left, but then realized he had lost his ID card and returned to the home to look for the card.

That’s when Cally Jo returned home from school and came upon Sanchez, who tied her up, stabbed her and then hanged her. She had also been sexually assaulted and her body was partially nude when found about an hour later by her 17-year-old sister.

Sanchez was later identified as the suspect after he was arrested for a series of residential burglaries in Waseca.

More on the case can be found here.

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