CHICAGO - Loved ones gathered Saturday to remember the life of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, the pregnant mom who was killed in one of Chicago's most gruesome murders, on what should have been her 20th birthday.
"Today, we're celebrating her birthday as a symbol of unity of her life, the memory of her life, what it could have been and to keep her memory alive," said family supporter Frank Avila.
Ochoa-Lopez leaves behind her husband, Yovani, and their 3-year-old son. On Saturday, he told friends and relatives that he was sad to think he couldn't give her presents, a bouquet of roses, or sing her happy birthday.
The alleged killers are a mother and daughter, Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa. Clarisa's boyfriend, Peter Bobak, is charged with concealing a homicidal death. The next court date in the case is Tuesday.