'We must love one another': Moore student's mom makes plea on behalf of daughter
Erika Martinez scanned the crowd before collecting herself to offer one final plea on behalf of her daughter.
She asked the packed gymnasium, overflowing with family, friends, classmates and teachers looking to pay their last respects to Yuridia Martinez, to pass on the love her daughter had in abundance.
“We have felt your love during this time of sadness and devastation,” she said. “But during our days sometimes we fail to love one another. I want to ask one thing and that’s to love one another.
“No matter what circumstances we are all facing and no matter what we’re going through, we must love one another and trust in the Lord.”
The funeral for Yuridia Martinez, 16, was Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Moore High School sophomore was killed earlier this week after a pickup struck her and five others while they were completing a run during track practice.
Martinez and teammate Rachel Freeman were both killed. Four other students were injured.
“Hasta luego,” the Rev. Santos Licea said while waving toward Yuridia’s bright white casket. “To our sister Yuridia, we say so long and goodbye. But we also say see you again in Heaven because we believe in Jesus.”
Hundreds packed the auxiliary gym behind the main chapel of Sacred Heart, the church where Yuridia attended youth group. Mourners filled the floor and bleachers or stood in the back, and more listened from outside the main doors.
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Family described Yuridia as a very playful girl with a smile on her face, but also someone who was very competitive.
Yuridia competed in volleyball, softball and track and always made time to serve in her youth group.
Next to a photo of the 16-year-old the family placed a giant stuffed lion and a folded up volleyball jersey.
She loved to bake cookies and cakes.
Yuridia was known by friends and family for always having the best nails and hair, which she always wore straight. She told people she wanted to be a hairstylist.
“She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her,” her family wrote.
“It’s a nightmare that we won’t wake up from,” her mother said. “ But during this time, we have felt your love. So love one another and Yuridia’s death will not be in vain."
Erika Martinez ended by giving one more reminder.