Karen Lane Fire Victims Remembered At Memorial
Friends, Family Celebrate Lives Of Rebecca Gonzales, Samvastion "Sammy" Ochoa
A special memorial service was held Sunday afternoon to remember a murdered mother and daughter, and honor what they stood for.
Almost two months ago, Rebecca "Veggie" Gonzales, 29, and her 10-year-old daughter, Samvastion "Sammy" Ochoa, were found stabbed to death in their burned home.
To help remember her daughter and granddaughter, Gonzales' mother, Suzy Bianchi-Peters held a memorial festival in their honors.
"We came today to memorialize my daughter, my granddaughter, and include Pam as well and we wanted to use this occasion as a platform to spread community awareness," Bianchi-Peters said.
She said the day is not about mourning?instead it's about turning something traffic into something positive?by honoring Gonzales and Ochoa and the things they loved to do.
Friends and family are also trying to spread the "Just Love" message that the two lived by. More than 30 people got "Just Love" tattoos in their honor and showed them off on Sunday.
"People from different areas of her life have come together to do this," Bianchi-Peters said. "They felt strongly enough about Rebecca and Sam to actually permanently mark their bodies."
To raise community awareness, agencies such as CASA and the Rape Crisis Center were also in attendance, in an effort to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.
"We've done a whole lot of mourning and I don't think that's what they would want us to do," Tiffany Osonder, a friend of the victims said. "They would want us to be celebrating and carrying on their memory and the things that they stood for."
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