Family of Slain Girl Thanks Community for Support

Parents, Carrollton residents mourn 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez

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    Dozens of Carrollton residents rallied around a family devastated by tragedy.

    The community held a vigil Wednesday night for 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez, an Oklahoma City girl who was killed this weekend.

    Parents, Carrollton Mourn Slain 10-Year-Old

    [DFW] Parents, Carrollton Mourn Slain 10-Year-Old
    Ten-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez was remembered at a vigil in Carrollton. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011)

    Several prayers were said, and candles were lit around a picture of the girl.

    Her father, Hector Gonzalez, told the community that he had been coming to Carrollton for 10 years and would return. He thanked everyone who had come out to support him and his family.

    Family Member Arrested on Murder Charge

    [DFW] Family Member Arrested on Murder Charge
    Jose Sifuentes had been a "person of interest" in the stabbing death of a 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez, on Tuesday he was arrested on a murder charge. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011)

    Neighbors said the girl's slaying has shaken them. Despite not knowing Jasmen Gonzalez, they said they were touched by her death.

    Jackie Alvarez signed a guest book that was passed around.

    Family Member Charged with Jasmen Gonzalez's Murder

    [DFW] Family Member Charged with Jasmen Gonzalez's Murder
    Lt. Doug Mitchell with the Carrollton Police Department talks about the murder of Jasmen Gonzalez and the arrest of Jose Sifuentes. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011)

    “I don’t know exactly what words to give them, because I'm not going through the situation, but, really, the story really did touch my heart," she said.

    The Gonzalez family plans to return to Oklahoma City, where they will hold a funeral for Jasmen Gonzalez.

    She and her parents were visiting relatives in Carrollton when she disappeared late Saturday night. Search crews found her body Sunday afternoon outside a home near the apartment where she and her family were staying.

    The man accused in her death, Jose Sifuentes, is charged with murder.

    Sifuentes, the common-law husband of the girl's cousin, is being held in the Dallas County jail.

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