Marlen Ochoa-Lopez Remembered As Young Mother 'Etched In the Books of Law'

Mike Krauser
May 25, 2019 - 12:49 pm

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STICKNEY (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The 19-year-old Latina mother who was brutally murdered was put to rest at Mount Auburn Cemetery, which was packed Saturday morning as hundreds of friends and family remembered Marlen Ochoa-Lopez at her funeral. 

The bilingual service started with Spanish hymns. After the music a Spanish speaking pastor gives the Ochoa family his condolences with an English translator at his side.

A white closed casket and a large arrangement of flowers lay in the middle of the casket. On the left hand side there was a picture of Ochoa-Lopez and also a smaller painting of her next to it.

"She went down fighting — that baby is a miracle," said Julie Contreras with the League of Young Latin American Citizens. "(Marlen Ochoa) will be etched forever in the laws of the state of Illinois and in this country for today we put on the road the path of a bill that will be called “Marlen’s Law."

Contreras said the law comes from Illinois State Rep. Carina Villa, who is drafting legislaiton that would require hospitals to verify the identity of babies brought in to a hospital as the baby was in this case, brought in by the alleged killers, especially if the baby is born at home.

The baby is said to be improving after initially, according to the family, he had no brain function. He is still in the NICU but his activity gives the family hope despite their heartbreak. 

"She will never be forgotten," Contreras said, speaking for the family. "This baby (and) she belongs to all of us."