CREATED Dec. 25, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - International music superstar Enrique Iglesias surprised the three Tucson girls held captive from more than a year and a half with personalized autographed portraits for Christmas, Tucson Police Lt. Chris Wildblood said.
The oldest girl kept a portrait of Iglesias concealed in a satchel around her neck during captivity, Chief Roberto Villaseñor said during a press conference in November about the Fernando and Sophia Richter child abuse case.
"She told detectives that this photograph was her most prized possession," Lt. Wildblood said in an email to 9 On Your Side. "The Chief told the media during his press conferences that Mr. Iglesias was an important aspect for her and helped her psychologically deal with this situation."
A TPD officer contacted an Iglesias representative in Los Angeles who said the Grammy award winning singer was already aware of the imprisonment case, Lt. Wildblood said.
Iglesias sent the girls three signed copies of his "I Like How it Feels" album cover.
"(Christmas Eve), the lead Detective assigned to the case visited the girls and presented to them these gifts from Mr. Iglesias," Lt. Wildblood said. "Out of respect for the privacy of these children and Mr. Iglesias, we will not disclose the specific messages that he wrote to each child; but, will
say it was a message of love and hope."
The girls were shocked, overjoyed and "all smiles" when they received the photographs, Lt. Wildblood said.
"The men and women of the Tucson Police Department would like to thank Enrique Iglesias (and his representatives) for this kind gesture and thoughtfulness during this holiday season," Lt. Wildblood said. "It is safe to say that this will be a Christmas these girls will never forget."