Family, friends remember mother's generous spirit

Rose Limon, 33, found shot dead in South Side apartment Tuesday

SAN ANTONIO – Though she felt empty, Marcelina Galvan couldn't cry at the Saturday night vigil for her daughter, Rose Limon.

"I'm not mourning her death," Galvan said. "I'm celebrating her second birth. Her first birth was when the Lord gave her to me. The second was when I gave her back."

Standing outside the same apartment in the 6800 block of Pecan Valley where Limon, a mother of five, was found shot dead just four days earlier, Galvan wasn't alone. Dozens of friends and family gathered around a makeshift altar of posters and pictures, holding candles and sharing their thoughts and prayers, their lights shining for the one that was extinguished.

Her sudden death left her family and friends reeling in shock.

"Me and my mom were really close," said Limon’s 17-year-old daughter, Jzmin Vargas. "She was like my best friend."

Now all she has left of her mother are pictures and memories, like "The love she had for me. How she would go above and beyond out of her way for me."

Limon's friend and neighbor, Yvonne Guillen, echoed the memory of Limon's generosity.

"She did everything she could for her family, also her friends," Guillen said. "Like I said, she helped out everybody and anybody. She'd do anything for anybody."

On Tuesday, San Antonio police were trying to determine if the shooting was accidental or on purpose. Believing the incident to be "domestic," police also said that night they were looking for Limon's 33-year-old boyfriend to ask him questions.

Galvan had a message for him Saturday night.

"Try to have a little humanity in you," she said. "Just go talk to the police. If you didn't do nothing wrong, explain to them what happened. That's all I can ask of you."

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