The stepfather and mother of Yessenia Suarez lit candles to remember their daughter and grandchildren while clutching a photo of all three loved ones."We will keep hope alive, events like this that brings awareness to people out there that there is a way out and it doesn't mean that it has to take your life or your kid's life," said Ruben Perez, Suarez's stepfather.
The family spoke at the podium saying they wanted to be a part of tonight's candlelight vigil honoring victims and survivors of domestic violence, and also asked the public to help search for the bodies of Suarez and her children. "My heart is broken not just because my daughter was a victim of domestic violence, but also because she hasn't been found," said Felicia Perez, Suarez's stepmother.
The children of Gladys Cabrera, who was shot and killed in a Casselberry salon almost one year ago spoke with the family after the ceremony, offering condolences and support,"I commend them because they're taking their first step in the healing process and also to try and get their word out there," said Andy Jimenez, the son of Cabrera.
Suarez's husband, Luis Toledo is charged with second degree murder for the death of his wife, but isn't charged in connection with his stepchildren, tonight the family just wants to find their loved ones.If anyone sees our daughter or grandkids please call the authorities, they're presumed dead but you know what in our eyes they're missing and we still have hope," Perez said.