In Cayey they sang birthday to the young woman who was kidnapped, murdered and today would have turned 21 years old.
Rosimar Rodríguez Gómez's family said goodbye to the young woman today during an emotional ceremony in her native Cayey.
One day after the wake in Toa Baja , the last municipality where he lived, this afternoon his remains were transferred to the Cayey Memorial funeral home, where dozens of people arrived early.
Relatives and close friends embraced each other seeking comfort in the sudden loss of a young woman loved by many.
At 1:00 in the afternoon, a procession left the funeral home on foot, passing by the Benjamín Harrison school in Cayey, where Rodríguez Gómez studied, who would have turned 21 years old yesterday, Thursday.
The procession passed in front of the Benjamin Harrison school in Cayey, where Rosimar Rodríguez Gómez studied.
The memory of her passage through the campus was exposed by a poster with photos of the young woman adorned with balloons, stuffed animals and flowers.
The public accompanied the procession to the entrance of the Old Municipal Cemetery of Cayey, where friends expressed messages highlighting the qualities of Rodríguez Gómez and sang religious songs.
The young woman's aunt, Marangeli Gómez Ortiz , who has served as a spokesperson for the family, tried to offer a message, but emotions did not allow it.
However, one of the most emotional moments was when they sang “happy birthday” to him.
Meanwhile, several of the family members wore black shirts that read “Rosimar Rodríguez, 1999-2020, Puerto Rico is in mourning,” along with the hashtag #JusticiaParaRosimar.
Later, the audience left to give space to the immediate family, who accompanied the coffin to the cemetery for the last goodbye.
“My niece was a spectacular girl,” Gomez said yesterday from outside the Levittown Memorial funeral home, where her niece's wake was held.
“The people of Puerto Rico have been overwhelmed and they were pending. I haven't had time to sit down and read all the messages, ”he said. “It is appreciated in the soul … here we are in this immense pain that we do not wish it to anyone.”
“This has been horrible, horrible,” he said.
Rodríguez Gómez was reported as kidnapped on September 17 in front of the residence where she lived in Sabana Seca, Toa Baja.
After several days of searching, his body was found last Sunday in a vacant place in Dorado thanks to confidences that the Police received during interviews with persons of interest in the case.
Through analysis of dental plates, the Institute of Forensic Sciences (ICF) confirmed this week that the body found in Dorado was that of Rodríguez Gómez . Although the cause of death was not publicly detailed, the director of the ICF, María Conte Miller , indicated that “she is not a natural and will be investigated by public order agents.”
Investigative agents indicated that evidence compatible with the use of firearms was recovered at the scene, and on Wednesday the police officially registered Rodríguez Gómez's death as a murder.
On the same Sunday the authorities seized a Suzuki SX4 vehicle that responds to the descriptions offered by Rodríguez Gómez's cousin, who reported that she saw when a man put her in the car “by force.”
The car was evaluated by ICF personnel, who found no firearms, shell casings or blood residues.
A source from El Nuevo Día indicated that the car had been washed inside .
However, in the vehicle they did collect fingerprints and samples of genetic material that will be compared with samples from the 20-year-old girl and with genetic material donated by some of the suspects in the crime.
How close investigators are to formally identifying a suspect and filing criminal charges is unknown at this time, as the police have maintained strict silence in accordance with orders from the Department of Justice.