Remembering Esmeralda Gonzalez

As with any tragedy, many versions of the loss can be told by countless sources on social media. I would like to tell you about the real Esmeralda Gonzalez, my kind, beautiful, and educated sister, who was deeply loved by her family and friends. 

Esmeralda was a 24-year-old student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was working toward her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Esmeralda loved to spoil her small white poodle, Bonita, which she rescued from the animal shelter 11 years ago. She was a very savvy chess player, who competed in her high school’s chess club. She was a member of UNLV’s Chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success, where she learned to strengthen her leadership skills. She enjoyed going out to eat with her friends and family. She loved to make us laugh. She dreamed of one day having a family of her own. Despite having mental health challenges, Esmeralda was always determined to strive for success.

I reported my sister missing on the evening of May 31, 2019. I was looking forward to catching up  with her and sharing some laughs. However, I could not find her. Five months later, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department informed us that our beautiful Esmeralda had been murdered in her own neighborhood. We are now seeking judicial justice for her death.

This fund is the only direct campaign to offer support to our family. Funds collected will go directly to our family for expenses associated with this tragedy.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this campaign link with your Facebook/Twitter connections.


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Juan Gonzalez 
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