Sadness grips the family and friends of Aretha Maria Fernandez as they say their final goodbyes to the missing mother who held such a sweet part in their lives.
Maria was reported missing on September 3, 2008 after she failed to report to one of the two jobs she held. Maria was a single mother raising a young son, extremely well liked by all of her co workers and family alike, and it was gut wrenching when they realized that she was gone. Her remains were discovered recently by a utility worker, her lifeless body tossed aside, while her boyfriend and father of her son, retained the services of an attorney and refused to speak to the authorities.
On February 9, 2009, Jamel Goode was arrested and charged with the murder of Aretha Maria Fernandez, the mother of his son. Authorities were able to use cell phone records to place Jamel in the same remote area where Maria's remains were found. Although they were critisized early on for lack of leads in this case, they thoroughly investigated every angle, not always made public or told to the family members.
Why, oh why, does this have to happen? Questions abound not only from family and friends, but from those of us who have gotten to know Maria from afar.
"Our beautiful butterfly is now free," said Kathi Dalton after she described Fernandez's grace, strength and compassion.May Maria be resting in God's loving arms, may her family be comforted by His angels, and may her son know the love of the Mother who would never have left him behind by choice.
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