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Jul 10, 2014

Candlelight Vigil Held In Memory of Slain Orange Walkenos

On Wednesday, the first step to getting justice for the families of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and Sonia Maribel Abac was taken, with the formal arraignment of Noe Gonzales, Mateo Pott and Angel Antonio Cardenas. But it will take much more than that to quell the unease caused by the vicious crimes. For the community, the process of healing begins with prayer and unity. On Wednesday night, residents held a candlelight vigil to dispel the dark which has entered their lives. Mike Rudon was in Orange Walk for the touching ceremony and has the story.


Mike Rudon, Reporting

Saturated with the collective grief and tragedy of the violence that has rocked the community, residents gathered together on Wednesday night at the Central Park. They held candles as symbols of light to ward off the darkness caused by the senseless murders of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and Sonia Maribel Abac. For these residents there is some measure of comfort in solidarity, strength in unity and solace in prayer.


Yvette Torres, Co-Organizer of Vigil

Yvette Torres

“We feel that as a community we must unite in these trying times that we are all facing, and this is one way that we show our unity, our solidarity for what all of us in our community are being hurt by what is happening, and also to pay respect to the families that are mourning for their loved ones in our community.”


Kevin Bernard

Kevin Bernard, Co-Organizer of Vigil

“The purpose of the vigil is for us to come together as a community, to bring religious leaders together in our community to pray for our country, to pray for our town, to pray for those victims that have fallen victim to these heinous crimes…to pray for the families and at the same time to pray for those who also perpetrated the crimes. I think that we as a close-knit community should never have been touched by these types of crimes, and we would never wish this on anybody in any part of this world.”


It was also a time to embrace the families whose loved ones were so cruelly taken away, a time to let them know that the community is standing with them, and will be there for them during this dark time. And it is a wakeup call…a call to action for a community which never saw the violence coming.


Kevin Bernard

“One of the things that we will do as a Council, through our neighbourhood meetings, we would want to encourage our residents to form neighbourhood watch groups. It is very important that we watch one another, and support each other, and be our brother’s keepers. It is very important as well that we work closely with the Police Department, so I have two councillors who are part of a committee. I will ask them to engage much more with the Police Department. And as the mayor of course I will work along with the Police to ensure that communication is there. The council may not have all the resources, but when you work together as a community, when everybody comes together…and I ask the residents to also cooperate with Police in trying to solve crimes, because this is the only way we will be able to curb crimes in our municipality.”

Wednesday night’s vigil will not bring back Ramon Cervantes Sr. and Sonia Maribel Abac. But it was necessary…and critical for the families of those lost, and for a community which is tight-knit, and now resolved to stand together against the darkness. Mike Rudon reporting for News Five.



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1 Response for “Candlelight Vigil Held In Memory of Slain Orange Walkenos”

  1. Rod says:

    Kevin Bernard are you a total idiot or what you wa we work with police the very same ones who are killing us how stupid are you and yes the only dark days is judas barrow as long as he remains in power we shall have dark days where is the leader of this country is he on miami beach while rome burns I think so what a useless pm and gov people judas barrow is the dark days you are talking about. Hang all the guilty ones including the corrupt murderous police officers who are involved take them all and hang them high.

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