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Zita Mata

In memory of Maricio Manuel Mata - Thelen

It was Halloween night of 2020. My son had left to hang out with a few of his friends and cousins at a small gathering. One of these young kids decided to pull out a gun. It went off, and my son was taken and died before the ambulance could make it there. My son is gone because of this careless act. I will never see my son get married, have children or grow old. I have to relive this horrible act everyday.

—Maricio’s mom

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