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Neighbors, coworkers hold vigil for Edenwald mother and daughter who were fatally stabbed

They gathered just down the road from their house on Monticello Avenue where 26-year-old Gabrielle Muniz and her 6-year-old daughter, Rozara Estevez, were found.

News 12 Staff

Mar 10, 2022, 2:11 AM

Updated 834 days ago

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Mourners came together in Edenwald Wednesday night to remember a mother and daughter who were fatally stabbed last weekend.
They gathered just down the road from their house on Monticello Avenue where 26-year-old Gabrielle Muniz and her 6-year-old daughter, Rozara Estevez, were found.
It wasn't just neighbors, but coworkers and even complete strangers who didn't know who came to pay their respects.
Muniz and Estevez were found killed in their home just before midnight Saturday -- a case of domestic violence, according to authorities.
Authorities say the man who was responsible in their deaths was also found dead later on.
A makeshift memorial to remember Muniz and Estevez was erected, and those in attendance also vowed to take a stand against domestic violence..
Local churches and domestic abuse awareness organizations led the vigil in prayer, as everyone lit candles, sang hymns, and released balloons.
Muniz had a job at a law firm and was going to school for medicine.
Laura Korfonta was Muniz's co-workers at the law firm. She and other collegues described Muniz and Estevez as girls who'd light up a room and said they still have the drawings that the 6-year-old would make for them.
"She didn't deserve it, her daughter didn't deserve it, and hopefully this will change something," Korfonta said.
"Those of you who knew her and loved her, who would never imagine that in a split second of a night, their lives would be taken so viciously. This unacceptable and is not normal," said Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson.
The colleagues from the law firm said that they plan to start up a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to domestic violence awareness organizations in the area.


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