Benefit concert held for homicide victims
Rebecca Gonzales, Sammy Ochoa found dead in fire last September
Suzi Bianchi-Peters said Wednesday was one of the most difficult days of her life. That's because her daughter, Rebecca Gonzales, would have turned 30 that day.
Gonzales, along with her daughter, Sammy Ochoa, and a friend, were killed at their home on Karen Lane almost a year ago on Sept. 14, investigators said.
"I woke up at exactly 7:52 a.m., which kind of startled me, because that was the exact same time 30 years ago that I woke up in full-blown labor with my daughter, Rebecca," said Peters. "So it was a sign that she was like, 'Mom get up. Come on, we got to do this again.'"
However, Bianchi-Peters said she's going to celebrate and honor her daughter's life.
"Being that she will not actually turn 30, we're calling it 'Forever 29,' said Bianchi-Peters. "Which (for) a lot of people, well, that's what they want to be: 29 forever."
Bianchi-Peters, along with Rebecca's other family members and close friends, threw a party at the White Rabbit, complete with some of her daughter's favorite things, like rainbow cupcakes, a strawberry pinata and some fun activities, like hula-hoops and coloring for the kids.
They used the celebration as an opportunity to raise awareness and money to stop child abuse, which is why all the proceeds from the benefit concert, featuring her daughter's favorite bands, will go towards radKIDS, a group whose goal is to protect all children.
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