A vigil held for 28-year-old Yessenia Suarez in the hopes she and her children would be found alive, quickly turned to grief, Thursday afternoon, as they heard the news that the family was not coming home.
The group held white candles in the air and turned to each other for support, forced to say good-bye so soon.
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"It's heartbreaking, I just don't have the words," said Debbie Tatum.
Tatum had been Suarez's adviser at Rollins College and she said Suarez was just four classes away from graduating.
"She was so close, it breaks your heart," said Tatum.
Friends and co-workers said the mother of two was hard-working and ambitious. She held down a steady job at American K-9 Detection Services, while also getting her degree, and being a mom.
Connie Holt, Director of Student Services said their May 10th graduation just won't be the same without her.
"There will be an empty space at commencement and it just hurts," said Holt.