Memorial Held for Slain Woman

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    Lorena Gonzalez was remembered Saturday as a woman of faith who was trying to work through a troubled marriage.

    Gonzalez's body was found in a burned out car in a parking lot at UCSD on October 29. Her estranged husband, Julio Angel Garcia-Puente,  was arrested in Mexico and is now facing charges of arson and murder.

    Memorial Held for Slain Woman

    [DGO] Memorial Held for Slain Woman
    Lorena Gonzalez was remembered Saturday as a woman of faith who was trying to work through a troubled marriage. (Published Sunday, Nov 14, 2010)

    It was a festive celebration of life. But there was no mistaking the emotional toll the murder of Lorena Gonzalez had on the small San Marcos congregation at Templo Cristiano Alpha Y Omega.

    “It's so hard for everybody to understand this case. It's so hard,” said the victim’s friend, Sylvia Onofre.

    Saturday’s service was packed with a standing room only gathering of 200 people. A pastor said he had spoken to Gonzalez about her marital problems but news of her death came as a shock.

    “I would like people to understand that she was really a lady of God, a woman of God, that she trusts God with all her heart and she loved her children,” said Pastor Jose De Jesus Lopez.

    Gonzalez was a prayer leader and Sunday school teacher at the church.

    “You were the best teacher I ever had. You're still alive. You're still alive and people know it,” a child read at the service.

    Gonzales has family in El Salvador. Her funeral services are pending.