Iowa Capitol flag lowered for slain former page


January 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Capitol’s flag has been lowered to honor a former legislative page who was killed with her husband in Nebraska. KTIV-TV in Sioux City reports that the flag was lowered Monday, on what have would have been Victoria Vargas’ 26th birthday. Vargas and her 30-year-old husband, Gabino Vargas, were found dead on Dec. 9 in a mobile home near the northeast Nebraska town of Ewing.

Police say they had been shot, and the home was set on fire. Police have charged Victoria’s ex-boyfriend, Matthew Hinrichsen, with arson and two counts of first-degree murder. Victoria Vargas, whose maiden name was Victoria Lee, served as a page in the Iowa Senate eight years ago. She also was elected to the Missouri Valley city council at age 19.