She and her husband, Daniel Ortese, were the first unfortunate victims of Carlos Fuentes and Marco Fuentes. Daniel was forced by the Fuentes brothers to withdraw his money from an ATM and hand it over it to them. The Fuentes then murdered both Daniel and Awilda, using a machete. Their bodies were left in the house, unchecked for weeks. It was only after three more people were killed by the Fuentes that their corpses, infested with maggots, were discovered by Detective Debra Morgan and Officer Cira Manzon.