December 14, 1999 - May 24, 2008
Hope was born on December 14, 1999. She loved reading books, and she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. Her mother was named Sherma Rajoon. Her father was Donald Arismandez. On the day Hope went missing, she had called her mother at around nine o'clock at night. Hope asked Sherma to come home, as Sherma was at work. Sherma eventually did come home from work, and when she did, she could not find Hope.
Hope lived with her mother, her fourteen year old brother, and her mother's boyfriend, Sunil Ali. While her mother was at work, Hope was left in the care of a neighbor. Around 5:00 p.m., Sunil picked Hope up from her neighbor's house, according to the neighbor. However, Sunil told Sherma that he didn't know where Hope was, as he had been putting gas in his truck and drinking beer. Sherma reported Hope missing. Police, family, friends, and strangers all began searching for Hope.
Police immediately questioned Sunil. He gave many different stories before finally admitting that he had been drinking, and then had become attracted to Hope. He said that he had convinced Hope to go on a ride with him in his truck. Sunil attempted to rape Hope, and she fought against his advances and attempted to escape from him. When she attempted to get away, Sunil pushed Hope out of the truck and began beating her. Sunil became worried that if he took Hope home, she would tell someone that he had attempted to rape her. He cut her throat and stabbed her in the back of her head.