RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The lives of the Velasquez family — Marilyn, 45; Adrian, 14; Roberto, 22; and Carlos, 50 — were cut short Christmas Day in what police believe was a murder-suicide in their Rio Rancho home. A candlelight vigil for them at King Meadows Park on Jan. 5 brought out roughly 200 people.
As the sun set, the candles they brought illuminated a white table covered with photos of Marilyn, Adrian and Roberto. Family members cried as they shared memories of the victims.
“I’ll always love her. She will forever be in my heart and my nieces’ and nephews’, too,” said Rose Varona, Marilyn’s sister and a Rio Rancho Realtor.
Varona and Velasquez were pregnant with their children at the same time.
Speakers at the vigil, coordinated by the New Mexico Pink Ladies — a community outreach organization — focused on the victims of the family and the life they lived.
Maria Romero, whose daughter was close friends with Adrian, said she came to remember Adrian’s “beautiful soul.”