WYOMING, Michigan — The Wyoming community comes together to remember two children and their mother who police say were killed in a murder-suicide.
On Wednesday afternoon, the police released the names of these victims. Now their friends bid farewell to the two young girls.
More than 100 people filled the benches of the parish of Saint-Nom-de-Jésus on Wednesday. They came together to share a moment of remembrance and pray for the sisters, Joelin Hernandez-Landa, 13, and Ayzy Hernandez-Landa, 11.
“I had a good friendship. I don’t know how to describe it. But we had a good relationship,” Maritca Angeles Gonzales said.
Both girls have been attending San Juan Diego Academy in Wyoming for the past three years, where they have made many friends.
“That’s just why, like, it’s just crazy for me. Like I didn’t really know what to say, I had no words,” Angela Perez Hernandez said.
Daniela Rios has known Ayzy for several years and says she is heartbroken that the friend she trusted all is now gone.
“It was fine. I told her secrets, she never did. She was quiet. I trusted her. I told her what I wanted,” Rios added.
The girls and their mother, Liliana Landa-Sanchez, were killed at their home off Godfrey early Tuesday morning.
Wyoming police say Liliana’s boyfriend, Oscar Moran-Hernandez, 43, killed the woman and her two daughters, with a motive still unknown.
“It’s just a terrible, terrible loss. For all of us, for the family, for the whole school community and for the whole community at large,” San Juan Diego principal Kristina Martinez Precious told FOX17.
The director says they are once again focusing on what to watch out for when it comes to child abuse, domestic violence and substance abuse.
“We’ve shared resources online and spoken with counsellors, with child protective services. Yes, we’re just trying to process and get resources to our staff as quickly as possible,” she said. added.
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Three other children were in the house at the time of the shooting: a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old, whom Oscar and Liliana had together. They are now in the care of a relative. A 9-year-old child was also there, although his relationship to the family is still unclear.
A family member who lives in Mexico spoke fondly of the mother and her daughters.
The family hopes to bring Liliana and her daughters back to Mexico for burial.
If you or someone you know needs mental health help or is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org
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