In Honor and Memory of Lilly

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Patty Romero
on behalf of Veronica Rael-Garcia
 EDGEWOOD, NM
Message from my cousin Veronica on the loss of her precious angel Lilly. 

Most of you know my precious Lilly was taken from us today. I ask all of you is to please share the news stories and if anyone has information on what happen today, please contact APD. I need to catch the individual who took my baby from me, her Dad and her brother. I beg you, please please please share. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me and Alan Garcia. Thank you for all your prayers. We both appreciate it, thank you.....Roni

Your help, comfort and compassion during this most difficult time is greatly appreciated, please keep them all in your prayers.
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Thank you everyone for all your love, support and compassion. Please be respectful of Lilly's parents and brother as they process all of this and grieve in peace. Let's use this as a lesson to be more patient and compassionate with one another, life is too short. God bless.

Patty
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As we prepare to lay Lilly to rest tomorrow, please remember to be respectful of her family. Thank you everyone for your support, love and compassion. Have a blessed night.
Gone but never forgotten....
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What an incredible turn out tonight for Lilly, thank you everyone.
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Message from Lilly's daddy.

Mi Querida
Lilly I miss you so much. I wish I could turn back the hands of time. If only I could switch places I would. My heart has been ripped from my chest. I'm so angry I couldn't protect you like you needed me to. I'm trying so hard to be like you still even through all this but it's hard my love. I miss your laugh your smile and your sassy lil attitude. I will always and forever love you and miss you my baby girl. Your song gives me some peace.
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Audrey Runyan Morton
32 months ago

I normally keep my comments to myself, but I can't believe that someone would say anything about the "windfall" of money and that the family will "have a vacation of a lifetime and a luxury car". What is wrong with you? My brother was recently killed and it took me 6 weeks to get back to work and function in society again. 6 unpaid weeks. Most people can't afford to go that long without pay. I hope this money affords this family time to heal without worrying about the rent, utilities, etc. I can assure, even if they could now afford a "vacation of a lifetime" they wouldn't want to go. Going to the store becomes too hard to bear when you are so overwhelmed with grief. Until you lose someone very close to you, you have no idea how crippling it is. Your lack of compassion is contributing to this society that is so "me" focused that being first and being stronger and scarier is more important than human life. You are part of the problem, Cole!

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Valerie Brint
32 months ago

No amount of money will fill your void, but know the community and the nation are praying for you and your family's loss of the precious little girl you called your own. The burden of expenses on top of this tragic loss is more than you should bear. May your hearts find peace and your lives remain full of love and joy despite the physical loss of Lilly. Prayers for you and justice for the coward among us who will find his day upon the Lord.

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Jaimie Johnson
32 months ago

Cole Bartiromo, how incredibly sad that you felt the need to leave a negative comment for this family to read. Your assumption that a Hispanic family has a 50/50 chance of being undocumented truly makes my heart hurt for you. I, a white female, live in New Mexico and I can tell you that the Hispanic community includes some of the warmest, kindest people I've ever met. They are hard-working, family-oriented Americans. Sure, poor Lilly's funeral expenses will now be free and this family will still be given donations of 60k+. I can't imagine what it must be like to lose a child and then have to worry about paying bills and going back to work. This family suffered one of the worst tragedies imaginable and no amount of money will mend their shattered hearts. If you ever find yourself in the midst of such a tragedy, I pray that you receive the same level of support. Please show some compassion for this family instead of being so quick to judge and criticize. God bless.

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sasha De
32 months ago

Not sure who to contact but i am interested in offering my services to the family, i make custom charms and would love to help memorialize Lilly by turning their favorite photo of her into charms for the family to wear and keep her close to their hearts.. if anyone can direct me to the parents fb pages or a way to contact them i would really appreciate it.

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Rob Ruelas
32 months ago

I'm soooo sorry for loss, I too have lost a daughter named Lily and I know what it feels like to have lost such a precious and beautiful little presence... My heart, love and prayers go to you and your family. Heaven just gained another angel...

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Lisa Taj GetEqual McCellon
32 months ago

I can't believe people are questioning how the family is going to spend this money. Patty's right. It's none of your business. Don't you think if the donors were worried about that they'd not have donated? The amount already in the fund is RIGHT THERE for everyone to see just above the DONATE NOW button. Don't donate if you feel like you need an accounting of how it's spent. Also, if you know the state of our state, you'll know that it is likely that these parents aren't going to get paid for all the time off work they will need to deal with this tragedy. Maybe some. But not all. All the therapy, all the court dates, all the speaking up in public venues so no one else's baby has to die like this. Do you know how many groups will want to honor their little girl and them and will ask them to show up at their event? How will they say no to these well-intentioned people? They're about to spend at least a good portion of their lives helping everyone else be ok with the death of their baby girl. They can spend that damn money any way they want. Go away, trolls.

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Robert Espinosa
32 months ago

so sorry about your lost don't have much but donated what I can god bless you and your family

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Joy Cook Campbell
32 months ago

So amazingly sad. So kind of French's Funeral Home to provide their services free for this family. I'm proud to live in a state with people so compassionate. May the Lord bring you comfort.

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Clarissa Armstrong
32 months ago

My son Jace was 14 months old he passed away in his sleep earlier this month I am so sorry for your loss I know your pain and no amount of words sorry hugs money food can make the pain go away just know that it does get easier every day lilly is looking down upon you be strong. and this will show you who is truly there for you in the end.May God bless your baby in heaven and maybe they'll get to play one day. Clarissa 2419895

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Linda Silva
32 months ago

I'm sure that the father will forever have to live with the guilt of his part in his daughters death ,but that gives no right for an one to take another person's life- it's enough that this poor family has to deal with the death of thier daughter and then to hear horrible comments blaming dad -- we have all been guilty of not letting someone pass at one time or another - and yes this go fund has raised over $50,000 and the funeral services are free plus they are getting additional donations , but so what- if you don't want to donate then don't, keep your rude comments to yourself, I'm sure if it was yiur daughter you would feel diffrent- stop and think about it -this family now has to learn how to live with outbthier baby, I'm sure this is going to take time and in that tine bills don't stop - I don't know this family but I know that they need love and prayers right now- I think that Lily leaving us has brought the community together,she has shown that God's love and compassion still does exsist- this is a beatuiful , how so many have a giving heart and show love when it is most needed- I will continue to pray for the Garcia family through this hard ship- God is great and I pray he wraps his loving arms around each of you and gives you peace knowing your lovely little girl in walking the streets of gold with our maker- keep your faith knowing that you will again be united with your angel--- God bless you all

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Vikki Campos
32 months ago

I have heard several people asking what the family will do with this money since the funeral and flowers have been very generously taken care of . There is so much more than just paying for a funeral & flowers - this family has a very long road ahead of them. They may endure legal fees, lost time from work (bills still keep coming no matter what you are going through). There is also burial plot, head stone, counseling. They may have to help out of town family get here for the services. There are so many things you don't think about until something like this happens. Quite frankly, it is their money to use as they see fit. Personally I didn't donate so I could regulate how my donation was spent, I donated so I could show my support & love for a family who has lost a beautiful, sweet child due to the anger and irresponsible actions of a total stranger who had no regard for the lives or wellbeing of the Garcia family. My thoughts and prayers are with Garcia family, may God guide you through this very difficult time.

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Tammy Kelly
32 months ago

If I can help in anyway, please let me know, I own the kids shack and we are here if you need anything, I'm so sorry!

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Leigh Cooper-Fuller
32 months ago

Our family made a donation after knowing funeral expenses had been provided. Why? Because this family needs TIME to grieve, to comfort their son, to pick up broken pieces in their life. They need time to figure out a new normal. Hopefully this generosity provided will give them as much time as they need to just focus on healing from this tragedy. Use the money to pay a mortgage, pay off bills, take a vacation away from the sadness. Im a mother with a 4 year old and cant even imagine the pain.

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Jess Paul-Ward
32 months ago

You have an entire city who's got your back and our hearts go out to you and the family. Lots of love, from one parent to another. Please tell the community what else you need, looks like there are a lot of us out here who are ready to help.

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32 months ago

I hope the financial security helps your family in this time of senseless loss. Those of us who donated did it from a place of loving and caring for fellow human beings. Please don't let the negativity of some people take away from the true intent of the rest of us. Your family will be in my thoughts.

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Kenneth Paul Maese
32 months ago

My heart breaks for your tragedy, I weep with you and everyone else as you mourn the loss of your precious girl. I have no words but only love and sympathy and prayers.

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Chantell Marie Gonzalez
32 months ago

Prayers to you and your family. I can not imagine your pain in this moment. May your little princess rest in peace and may God forever be with her and your family In this time of grief! Sharing your story and this little angel all the way from Florida!

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Cindee Archuleta
32 months ago

How sad that someone would use this site to post something negative. We have donated to the family for any needs they have and the money should be used at their discretion. God bless them and bring them some peace knowing that people do care and that their loss is shared by many. Your sweet baby Lilly is now in the arms of Jesus, prayers and love.

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Wynema Shalimar Marshall Gonzagowski
32 months ago

To the Garcia family... I want you to know that there are those of us who understand much of what you are going through. I lost my 3 month old Jessica 24 years ago and while I am sorry to tell you that it never goes away it does get better!!! Please reach out to some of us if you need to, someone who understands like no one else can!!! Just in 2 minutes of reading this you have Rob Ruelas who lost his daughter, Debi Shulte who lost her son, and myself... I know that I am here should you wish and I am sure they will be as well...

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Megan Elizabeth Teeters
32 months ago

So very sorry for your loss. Nothing will replace her but know that your community is here for you. Whatever you need. Godspeed little one.

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$50
Kim Rael
32 months ago

From Benna Rael, student at MRGC.

AC
$20
Ali Cortes
32 months ago

Rest in peace precious Lily.

$200
Anonymous
32 months ago
PG
$50
Pie Gorman
32 months ago

You are an Angel on earth and now in heaven. God bless your family.

$10
Anonymous
32 months ago
$20
Lisa Bustamante
32 months ago

My deepest condolences to all of you . Lilly will always be remembered . I know your heart is heavy beyond words , I pray for God to lift the pain and provide all of you strength to continue to live your lives celebrating the Lilly's memory . Rest in peace baby girl Lilly ❤️

MB
$25
Mary Barbee
32 months ago

I'm sorry for your loss

$5
Anonymous
32 months ago
$100
Anonymous
32 months ago
1
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Audrey Runyan Morton
32 months ago

I normally keep my comments to myself, but I can't believe that someone would say anything about the "windfall" of money and that the family will "have a vacation of a lifetime and a luxury car". What is wrong with you? My brother was recently killed and it took me 6 weeks to get back to work and function in society again. 6 unpaid weeks. Most people can't afford to go that long without pay. I hope this money affords this family time to heal without worrying about the rent, utilities, etc. I can assure, even if they could now afford a "vacation of a lifetime" they wouldn't want to go. Going to the store becomes too hard to bear when you are so overwhelmed with grief. Until you lose someone very close to you, you have no idea how crippling it is. Your lack of compassion is contributing to this society that is so "me" focused that being first and being stronger and scarier is more important than human life. You are part of the problem, Cole!

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Valerie Brint
32 months ago

No amount of money will fill your void, but know the community and the nation are praying for you and your family's loss of the precious little girl you called your own. The burden of expenses on top of this tragic loss is more than you should bear. May your hearts find peace and your lives remain full of love and joy despite the physical loss of Lilly. Prayers for you and justice for the coward among us who will find his day upon the Lord.

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Jaimie Johnson
32 months ago

Cole Bartiromo, how incredibly sad that you felt the need to leave a negative comment for this family to read. Your assumption that a Hispanic family has a 50/50 chance of being undocumented truly makes my heart hurt for you. I, a white female, live in New Mexico and I can tell you that the Hispanic community includes some of the warmest, kindest people I've ever met. They are hard-working, family-oriented Americans. Sure, poor Lilly's funeral expenses will now be free and this family will still be given donations of 60k+. I can't imagine what it must be like to lose a child and then have to worry about paying bills and going back to work. This family suffered one of the worst tragedies imaginable and no amount of money will mend their shattered hearts. If you ever find yourself in the midst of such a tragedy, I pray that you receive the same level of support. Please show some compassion for this family instead of being so quick to judge and criticize. God bless.

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sasha De
32 months ago

Not sure who to contact but i am interested in offering my services to the family, i make custom charms and would love to help memorialize Lilly by turning their favorite photo of her into charms for the family to wear and keep her close to their hearts.. if anyone can direct me to the parents fb pages or a way to contact them i would really appreciate it.

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Rob Ruelas
32 months ago

I'm soooo sorry for loss, I too have lost a daughter named Lily and I know what it feels like to have lost such a precious and beautiful little presence... My heart, love and prayers go to you and your family. Heaven just gained another angel...

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Lisa Taj GetEqual McCellon
32 months ago

I can't believe people are questioning how the family is going to spend this money. Patty's right. It's none of your business. Don't you think if the donors were worried about that they'd not have donated? The amount already in the fund is RIGHT THERE for everyone to see just above the DONATE NOW button. Don't donate if you feel like you need an accounting of how it's spent. Also, if you know the state of our state, you'll know that it is likely that these parents aren't going to get paid for all the time off work they will need to deal with this tragedy. Maybe some. But not all. All the therapy, all the court dates, all the speaking up in public venues so no one else's baby has to die like this. Do you know how many groups will want to honor their little girl and them and will ask them to show up at their event? How will they say no to these well-intentioned people? They're about to spend at least a good portion of their lives helping everyone else be ok with the death of their baby girl. They can spend that damn money any way they want. Go away, trolls.

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Robert Espinosa
32 months ago

so sorry about your lost don't have much but donated what I can god bless you and your family

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Joy Cook Campbell
32 months ago

So amazingly sad. So kind of French's Funeral Home to provide their services free for this family. I'm proud to live in a state with people so compassionate. May the Lord bring you comfort.

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Clarissa Armstrong
32 months ago

My son Jace was 14 months old he passed away in his sleep earlier this month I am so sorry for your loss I know your pain and no amount of words sorry hugs money food can make the pain go away just know that it does get easier every day lilly is looking down upon you be strong. and this will show you who is truly there for you in the end.May God bless your baby in heaven and maybe they'll get to play one day. Clarissa 2419895

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Linda Silva
32 months ago

I'm sure that the father will forever have to live with the guilt of his part in his daughters death ,but that gives no right for an one to take another person's life- it's enough that this poor family has to deal with the death of thier daughter and then to hear horrible comments blaming dad -- we have all been guilty of not letting someone pass at one time or another - and yes this go fund has raised over $50,000 and the funeral services are free plus they are getting additional donations , but so what- if you don't want to donate then don't, keep your rude comments to yourself, I'm sure if it was yiur daughter you would feel diffrent- stop and think about it -this family now has to learn how to live with outbthier baby, I'm sure this is going to take time and in that tine bills don't stop - I don't know this family but I know that they need love and prayers right now- I think that Lily leaving us has brought the community together,she has shown that God's love and compassion still does exsist- this is a beatuiful , how so many have a giving heart and show love when it is most needed- I will continue to pray for the Garcia family through this hard ship- God is great and I pray he wraps his loving arms around each of you and gives you peace knowing your lovely little girl in walking the streets of gold with our maker- keep your faith knowing that you will again be united with your angel--- God bless you all

+ Read More
Vikki Campos
32 months ago

I have heard several people asking what the family will do with this money since the funeral and flowers have been very generously taken care of . There is so much more than just paying for a funeral & flowers - this family has a very long road ahead of them. They may endure legal fees, lost time from work (bills still keep coming no matter what you are going through). There is also burial plot, head stone, counseling. They may have to help out of town family get here for the services. There are so many things you don't think about until something like this happens. Quite frankly, it is their money to use as they see fit. Personally I didn't donate so I could regulate how my donation was spent, I donated so I could show my support & love for a family who has lost a beautiful, sweet child due to the anger and irresponsible actions of a total stranger who had no regard for the lives or wellbeing of the Garcia family. My thoughts and prayers are with Garcia family, may God guide you through this very difficult time.

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Tammy Kelly
32 months ago

If I can help in anyway, please let me know, I own the kids shack and we are here if you need anything, I'm so sorry!

+ Read More
Leigh Cooper-Fuller
32 months ago

Our family made a donation after knowing funeral expenses had been provided. Why? Because this family needs TIME to grieve, to comfort their son, to pick up broken pieces in their life. They need time to figure out a new normal. Hopefully this generosity provided will give them as much time as they need to just focus on healing from this tragedy. Use the money to pay a mortgage, pay off bills, take a vacation away from the sadness. Im a mother with a 4 year old and cant even imagine the pain.

+ Read More
Jess Paul-Ward
32 months ago

You have an entire city who's got your back and our hearts go out to you and the family. Lots of love, from one parent to another. Please tell the community what else you need, looks like there are a lot of us out here who are ready to help.

+ Read More
32 months ago

I hope the financial security helps your family in this time of senseless loss. Those of us who donated did it from a place of loving and caring for fellow human beings. Please don't let the negativity of some people take away from the true intent of the rest of us. Your family will be in my thoughts.

+ Read More
Kenneth Paul Maese
32 months ago

My heart breaks for your tragedy, I weep with you and everyone else as you mourn the loss of your precious girl. I have no words but only love and sympathy and prayers.

+ Read More
Chantell Marie Gonzalez
32 months ago

Prayers to you and your family. I can not imagine your pain in this moment. May your little princess rest in peace and may God forever be with her and your family In this time of grief! Sharing your story and this little angel all the way from Florida!

+ Read More
Cindee Archuleta
32 months ago

How sad that someone would use this site to post something negative. We have donated to the family for any needs they have and the money should be used at their discretion. God bless them and bring them some peace knowing that people do care and that their loss is shared by many. Your sweet baby Lilly is now in the arms of Jesus, prayers and love.

+ Read More
Wynema Shalimar Marshall Gonzagowski
32 months ago

To the Garcia family... I want you to know that there are those of us who understand much of what you are going through. I lost my 3 month old Jessica 24 years ago and while I am sorry to tell you that it never goes away it does get better!!! Please reach out to some of us if you need to, someone who understands like no one else can!!! Just in 2 minutes of reading this you have Rob Ruelas who lost his daughter, Debi Shulte who lost her son, and myself... I know that I am here should you wish and I am sure they will be as well...

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Megan Elizabeth Teeters
32 months ago

So very sorry for your loss. Nothing will replace her but know that your community is here for you. Whatever you need. Godspeed little one.

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