A Queens community came together Thursday evening to remember a mother and her two young daughters who were stabbed to death. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
It was a heartfelt dance for a heartbreaking loss.
Young women who lost a friend and fellow church dancer said they looked up to Deisy Garcia.
"Very optimistic, very encouraging to everybody," said Gisselle Leon, a friend of one of the victims. "She would always come with her daughter. She would let nothing stop her. She's been an example for all of us."
"It's not something you take lightly," said Genesis Sanchez, a friend of one of the victims. "One of your sisters no longer to be here. Tomorrow, you're going to wake up and no, she's not there anymore."
Friends and loved ones tried to cope with the pain at a packed wake Thursday night.
Garcia, 21, 2-year-old Daniela Mejia and 1-year-old Jocelyn Mejia were all stabbed to death.
"Right now, I'm so upset for the happen to my house," said Romeo Majia Chuk, Garcia's uncle. His 12-year-old son discovered the bodies Sunday in the apartment they all shared.
Almost immediately, detectives started searching for the husband and father of the victims.
On Monday, police captured Miguel Mejia Ramos in Texas on his way to Mexico. He faces murder and weapons charges and could get life without parole if convicted.
"When I talk to Miguel, he's a nice guy," Chuk said. "I don't know what happened to Miguel."
Police say Garcia reported two incidents of domestic violence in the past. Authorities at the wake say she feared her husband but also her immigration status, so like others, she tried to remain invisible.
"Even though they don't have proper documentation in the United States, they have the right to be assist by the authority, by the police," said Oscar Padilla Lam, consul general of Guatemala.
It was a message delivered too late for this family.
"She's not here, but she's up with God now," Sanchez said.
The bodies of the victims are traveling back to Guatemala for burial. The cost is being picked up by the Guatemalan consulate.