TikTok advice helps catch California murder suspect at Mexican resort

COMPTON, Calif .– Susana Salas is broken. Her daughter, Daisy De La O, 19, was stabbed to death outside the family’s Southern California apartment in February.

“My daughter will never give me grandchildren,” Salas said tearfully. “I’ll never be at my daughter’s wedding. I’ll never see my daughter grow up.”

Salas tells ABC7 that Daisy was in her sophomore year at East Los Angeles College and dreamed of someday owning her own business. She was creative, loved to camp and cook with her mom.

Salas says Daisy broke up with her ex-boyfriend, Victor Sosa, 25, about a month before her murder, at least in part because of alleged physical abuse. Salas says Sosa texted Daisy that February night and convinced her to come out.

“I’ll be back, okay, I won’t take long, I promise,” Salas recalled, telling Daisy. “Those were the last words my little girl said to me. She left, she never came back.”

Daisy’s grandfather told Eyewitness News he saw Victor Sosa peek out of their apartment window that night before Daisy’s departure.

“I’m looking and someone, and who was I like? Oh, it’s Victor, it’s Victor,” says Jose De La O.

The next day, Salas got a call from homicide detectives in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. She rushed home. Daisy’s body was still there.

“There was a body bag, it was my child,” Salas cried. “He was holding me, so I fell, my legs became like Jell-O and I fell to the ground and started to cry – where is my child? Where is my child? Where is my child?”

Property manager Juan Tellez found Daisy’s body early the next morning, covered with a roll of carpet.

“I found the body right there,” Tellez said, pointing to an alley-like area between two apartment buildings. “I was scared when I saw the body because it surprised me. I never found a body right there, so I picked up the mat, oh my God!”

Victor Sosa was the immediate suspect, but he was trendy. LASD detectives followed every lead. Meanwhile, Daisy’s friends have launched their own campaign to find Sosa on TikTok and Instagram.

Using the hashtag “Justice for Daisy”, his friends detonated photos of suspect Victor Sosa.

“Victor Sosa was on the run and the detectives worked with several agencies to locate him,” said Lieutenant Charles Calderaro.

The trick that broke the deal? Someone recognized Sosa from his friends’ social media campaign and spotted him working at Bar Rosarito and Papas & Beer nightclub.

“Papas & Beer is like a tourist-type restaurant and bar,” explains Lieutenant Calderaro. “And according to the information we gathered, he had been working there for several weeks.”

“This guy was living his best life in Rosarito, like he hadn’t done anything,” Salas says of the photo an informant sent to Daisy de Sosa’s friends at the bar. “It’s very clear when he drinks, smokes… he’s a person without conscience, without conscience, for you to murder someone like he murdered my child.”

Sosa was arrested on July 2 and was sent back to Los Angeles to face charges. He pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.

Security footage from the building that evening could play a role in the trial. Detectives believe it shows Sosa dragging Daisy down the alley.

Salas is grateful to the detectives in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Homicide Department who swore to track down Daisy’s killer.

“And I remember he said, ‘don’t worry mija, we’ll find him’,” Salas recalls. “He said, ‘I promise you Mija, we’ll find him.'”

“I was so scared that my daughter was another statistic,” Salas told Eyewitness News. “Oh, Hispanic girl, Mexican-American girl killed by her boyfriend. No it wasn’t like that. My daughter’s voice mattered. My daughter mattered to people. So you know it meant the world to me.”

Salas wants justice for Daisy and hopes that sharing her story will help other women find the strength to leave abusive relationships.

“They think having a toxic boyfriend, a possessive boyfriend, is not good,” says Salas. “He hasn’t changed. My daughter thought he was going to change. He never changed, to the point that he killed her.”

Daisy’s spirit will live on through her mother and two brothers, never forgotten by her family.

“I will love her forever, I will miss her forever,” says Salas. “Until I stop breathing, until I meet her again.”

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