Mourners gather at Melrose vigil for murder victim Lisa Velasquez

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Mourners were gathering in Melrose Thursday evening for a vigil to honor Lisa Velasquez, the woman whose remains were found in two Bronx parks last week.

People were gathering in front of the building where she grew up to celebrate her life, and to offer support to her family.

Velasquez grew up at 346 East 156th St. She was raised by her grandmother, after her mom was killed in a domestic dispute back in 2006. Velasquez was 12 years old at the time.

She leaves behind a younger brother and sister.

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As News 12 has reported, police say Velasquez was bludgeoned to death after trying to help her friend in the middle of an alleged domestic dispute. Her friend, Ciara Martinez, and Martinez's boyfriend, Daquan Wheeler, are now facing charges in Velasquez's death and dismemberment.

Velasquez's aunt tells News 12 that her niece was the type to give the shirt off of her back for the people she loved.

Plans for Velasquez's funeral are in the works, and family members say they hope to lay her to rest sometime next week.

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