Hundreds Honor Marlen Ochoa-Lopez At South Side Vigil: 'Rest In Peace'

May 17, 2019 - 9:49 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago community demonstrated love and support for Marlen Ochoa-Lopez tonight. 

Hundreds of people, including some alderman, elected officials, law enforcement and friends attended the vigil for the slain mother at Rainey Park on the Southwest Side, carrying flowers, balloons and candles of Ochoa-Lopez. The procession walked from the park to Ochoa-Lopez's house nearby, which has become a shrine for the young mother and her baby.

Friends, pastors and community members spoke to the crowd, remembering the bright light that was Ochoa-Lopez. Some called on God's grace to extend a hand to her family.

Alderman Derrick G. Curtis of the 18th ward spoke to the crowd, saying that justice and support needs to be provided for the family mourning the loss of the 19-year-old. Unification against violence was the theme of the night, and a long line formed for people to pay their respects to Ochoa-Lopez and her family.

Ochoa-Lopez, who was brutally strangled three weeks ago and had her baby cut from her womb, was expecting her second child and wanted to be a fashion designer. She was found this week in a trash can in the Scottsdale neighborhood, where the vigil was held.

Three people were charged Thursday in the murder: Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter Desiree Figueroa face murder charges Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a news conference. The boyfriend of the older woman, Piotr Bobak, was charged with concealing a homicidal death, police said.

Judge Susana Ortiz ordered all three held without bail during a hearing Friday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

She is survived by her husband, her three-year-old son and her parents.