Updated: 01/04/2014 10:39 PM |
Created: 01/04/2014 10:20 PM
By: Johnny Cordoba, KOB 4
Albuquerque – Teresa Tapia confirmed through her representative Julian Jiron that she has married Jeffrey Padilla, Johnny Tapia’s half-brother.
KOB4 Eyewitness news obtained an exclusive photo of the wedding. In the picture, Teresa and Jeffrey are joined by Johnny’s sons: Johnny Jr. and Lorenzo Tapia.
Mr. Jiron said Teresa and Jeffrey shared many things in common and that the marriage came “out of love, respect, and the preservation of the family and Johnny’s legacy.”
Read all of Teresa Tapia’s Statement regarding her union to Jeffrey Padilla below:
“It has been nearly two years since our family lost Johnny to his untimely passing, and we still feel the effects of his absence every day. It has been a difficult time for our family; a time of grieving, transitions, changes, and healing. Our family is, and has always been close, with Johnny always at the heart and center. It is because of his constant presence and the process of our family’s working on keeping Johnny’s legacy alive, that our families respectively have grown closer around our mutual memory of Johnny. A time came when we felt that marriage between myself and Jeffrey Padilla would be the best for the children, for a continuation of their sense of family. We did so with the counseling and blessing of our family Pastor Danny Sanchez. We found common ground in our equal commitment to continue our efforts to support Johnny’s legacy and to promote his wishes through our ongoing activities continuing his support of young athletes, women and children at risk, and continuing that work through his boxing gym and the Johnny Tapia Foundation.