Hundreds of mourners packed a Florida church Thursday to pay their final respects to slain 19-year-old school student Miya Marcano, remembering her as a “vibrant butterfly.”
Her household requested that the younger girl not be forgotten — saying she deserved the identical media consideration as Long Island native Gabby Petito, whose disappearance and dying have captivated the nation for greater than a month.
“My niece did not deserve this, nor does any woman for that matter,” Marcano’s uncle, Marc Marcano, stated in the course of the service at the Cooper City Church of God in Florida.
“We ask and respectfully expect that the media keep Miya’s name and story out there,” he stated. “Because although we sympathize with the Petito family, Miya’s story is no different and deserves the same attention.”
The service comes almost two weeks after Marcano’s physique was discovered outdoors an Orlando house complicated.
Her uncle recalled that “she had a laugh that would make you laugh, and she always had a nickname for everyone, myself included. I’m sure she had plenty of jokes about her bitter old crazy uncle Marc.”
The service included a shifting video tribute, and performances by a few of Marcano’s favourite artists, together with Nigerian singer Lyrikal and Caribbean singer Skinny Fabulous, who wrote a track in her honor.
The church and her coffin have been adorned in blue — her favourite shade — with two massive pictures of her at the entrance of the chapel.
“Miya’s facial expressions, body language and magnetic energy pulled people in,” her cousin, Caili Sue, stated in the course of the eulogy. “While Miya was a little bit shy on common days, when it was showtime she remodeled herself into a special particular person.
“She opened up like the vibrant butterfly that she was,” she stated.
Marcano, a student at Valencia College, was reported lacking on Sept. 24 and was discovered useless close to the Tymber Skan on the Lake Condominiums in Orlando on Oct. 2.
Authorities stated the primary suspect in her disappearance was Armando Manuel Caballero, a upkeep man at the house complicated who had reportedly made repeated sexual advances that have been rebuffed by Marcano.
Marcano’s household had confronted Caballero the day after she went lacking, angrily accusing him of being accountable for her disappearance and chiding him for “obsessive texts” they stated he had been sending the co-ed.
However, Caballero was discovered useless in his house on Sept. 27 in an obvious suicide.
Marcano’s physique was found on Oct. 2.
Friends and family got here from Trinidad, the US Virgin Islands and from throughout the nation to attend the service.