Slain mother, daughter remembered in Sunday night vigil
May 27, 2018 10:30 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – To remember the lives of a mother and her teenage daughter who were killed inside their Albuquerque apartment earlier this week, family and friends came together Sunday night in a vigil to remember the impact the pair had not just on each other, but on others they came across.
"I'm sure that she would have wanted us to celebrate and not have us remember her for what happened," Emmy Garcia said. "We wanted to remember her for what she was."
17-year-old Irisa Montano was remembered for being inspiring and dedicated, having finished high school early and urging her friends to graduate too. Family members say she had plans to go to nursing school.
Ramona Montano remembered Irisa as a caring spirit as well.
"She had wonderful friends and she had people who really supported her," Ramona Montano said. "She loved her mom very much. She chose to come to Albuquerque with her mom and they were just taking care of each other."
The two were inseparable. Irisa would often spend time with her mother, 53-year-old Deborah Martinez, instead of staying out with her friends.
"Her mom would say, 'I need her home,' and she would go home," loved ones said at Sunday's vigil, held at Pat Hurley Park.
Family members say they are planning another vigil for Wednesday at Plaza Park in Las Vegas, N.M. starting at 8 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2018 10:30 PM
Created: May 27, 2018 09:58 PM
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