Mother marks one-year since teen slain in drive-by
Relatives and friends gathered in White Plain Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of the tragic loss of a Tarrytown teen who was gunned down.
People who knew Jessica Santos, 19, gathered at the Westchester Christian Worship Center to honor her memory. She was fatally struck in a random drive-by shooting outside a Yonkers store August 27, 2006.
For Santos' mother, the feeling of losing her child is still very raw.
"When I hear a young voice say 'mom' ? I realize it's not Jessica calling out to me," said Gisela Marin. "There is a huge void that realization brings."
Santos' family has set up a foundation in her name to give out scholarships and raise awareness about street violence. The foundation also aims to keep the Tarrytown teen's memory alive.
Marin said she hopes to have closure when her daughter's convicted killer, Anthony Burton, is sentenced next month.
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