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Candle vigil to mark young mother's disappearance to be held in Coconut Grove

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Lucely "Lilly" Aramburo, 25, was last seen June 1, 2007.

She is the mother of a two-year-old boy named Palden, and has a history of drug abuse and mental illness.

Her mother Lucely Zalvidar told a New Times reporter that while growing up in Miami she had run away from home, and had made attempts to commit suicide .

Local activists are organizing a candle vigil at 6 p.m., on May 31st, at 35 Percial Avenue, in Coconut Grove to mark the two year anniversary of her disappearance. More information at the Justice in Miami blog.


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Vigil and March planned for missing Lucely Aramburo

There will be a candlelight vigil and silent march tomorrow, to commemorate missing mother, Lucely “Lily” Aramburo on the two year anniversary of her disappearance.

On June 1, 2007, Lilly Aramburo, 23, left her ex boyfriends house in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. The Miami Dade Police Department’s detectives failed to interview Christen Pacheco, Kelly Starling, and “EJ” who were present when Lily disappeared.The march will start at 6 pm at CocoWalk, tomorrow, May 31. The march will go to 3440 Percival Avenue.

Francisco Alvarado, of the New Times, was the first to report on the disappearance last September.More info on the vigil and march at the Justice in Miami Blog.
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Two Years Later: Lilly Aramburo Remains Missing
By Francisco Alvarado
Friday, May. 29 2009

It has been close to a year since I wrote my cover story about Lilly Aramburo, a 24-year-old single mother and drug addict who disappeared from her boyfriend's apartment June 1, 2007. Today, there is still no trace of her, but friend Janet Forte presses on with her social media crusade to find out what happened to Aramburo.

There has been some progress. Joe Carrillo, a private investigator who helped Miami Police nab the Shenandoah Rapist, volunteered to help Forte track down leads. On a recent afternoon, Carillo met with me to give an update on his investgation, which he is doing free of charge.

A former bodyguard for Latin boy pop band Menudo, Carrillo stands over six feet tall and has a gleaming bald head à la Kojak.

He informed me he believes Christen Pacheco, Aramburo's boyfriend, had nothing to do with her disappearance. "He was telling the truth when he said Lilly left his apartment after they got into an arguement," Carrillo notes.

Carrillo says he interviewed two of Aramburo's friends, who told him about a house at 35 Percival Ave. in Coconut Grove, at the time a known flop house where Aramburo and her pals smoked crack. Carrillo says he recieved another tip that Aramburo, after leaving Pacheco's apartment, went to that house where she was allegedly killed by three individuals she knew, including a drug dealer who has a murder conviction.

I've chosen not to disclose their names until I've had an opportunity to verify Carrillo's claims.

Carrillo says he provided the names of the three men to Miami-Dade Police detectives investigating Aramburo's disappearance on four occassions. "They haven't done squat," Carrillo says.

This Sunday at 6 p.m., Forte will lead a march from CocoWalk to 35 Percival Ave., where she will hold a candlelight vigil in Aramburo's honor. 

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Justice March and Vigil for Lily Sunday in Miami

The South Florida community and local media is invited to join us this Sunday for a Silent March and Candle light Vigil for Lilly Aramburo. Please see the media alert below.

MEDIA ALERT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, 29 May 2009

Candlelight Vigil and Silent March to commemorate missing mother, Lucely “Lily” Aramburo on the 2 year anniversary of her disappearance

(Miami, Florida, May 29, 2009) On June 1, 2007, Lilly Aramburo a single mother 23 years of age left her ex boyfriends house, a known heroin user, shortly after 2 AM never to be seen again. The Miami Dade Police Department’s detectives failed to interview Christen Pacheco, Kelly Starling, and “EJ” who were present when Lily disappeared.

Only after an article in the Miami New Times in September 2008 was Christen Pacheco interviewed. A private investigator who volunteered to help in Lily’s disappearance has developed a theory that Lily lost her life the night she disappeared in a crack house in Coconut Grove. The investigator has had 4 meetings with the Miami Dade Detectives providing details of the location as well as suspects in Lily’s disappearance/murder. To this day, the Miami Dade Police Department has done nothing to solve the case.

This Sunday, May 31, 2009, we will hold a vigil commemorating the second anniversary of Lily’s disappearance. The vigil will be held at the location where it is believed she lost her life. Names and details of the suspects in the case will be provided in the hopes that someone in the Coconut Grove community will come forward with information. Six months have passed since this information was provided to the Miami Dade Police Department with no results.

Come join us to commemorate and pray for Lily and her family.
Sunday, May 31st, 2009 at 6pm

The march will begin in Cocowalk to
3440 PERCIVAL AVENUE, COCONUT GROVE, FL.

Information about the vigil can be found at the following websites:

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Candlelight Vigil and Silent March for Lily Aramburo's 2 Year Anniversary

Community to Hold a Silent March and Candle light Vigil for the 2nd Year Anniversary of Lilly Aramburo's disappearance.

What: Justice for Lily Candlelight Vigil and Silent March
When: Sunday May 31st at 6pm
Where: 3440 Percival Ave Coconut Grove, FL 33133 Map
Why: It's been exactly 2 years since Lilly vanished. We need to find Lilly and we need the person(s) responsible to be brought to justice!

Sunday May 31st, the South Florida community is invited to attend a candlelight vigil and silent march in memory of my friend, Lilly Aramburo, a young mother missing from Miami since 2007. Beginning at 6pm (Eastern time), Lilly Aramburo's mother, Lucely will lead the crowd in a Justice for Lilly silent march in front of the house it is believed Lily may have lost her life.

The purpose of the silent demonstration is to grab the public’s attention for a short time on the two year anniversary of Lilly's disappearance to make everyone aware that Lilly is still missing, and we are still looking for answers. We understand that Lilly isn't the only loved one that's missing. There are many missing persons in South Florida and thousands across the country. We are remembering them and their families on this special occasion, as well. Anyone with a missing loved one is urged to attend the event and bring a photo or flyer to share. Let us stand together in solidarity.

Family and friends will peacefully deliver a powerful message to Miami Dade Police Department that Lilly deserves justice, she deserves to be found. Lilly has not been forgotten by her family and friends and she shouldn't be forgotten by the community where she lived. We'd like to see Miami Dade Police take meaningful action. Please show your support by joining Lilly's family and friends. Help us seek JUSTICE FOR LILLY!

I realize few of you (loyal readers) live in the Miami area, if you are unable to be there in person, we ask you to have Lilly in your thoughts and prayers while the vigil is going on. Please join us in spirit by lighting a candle for Lily (where ever you are). But to those who live in South Florida, we'd love the chance to see you in person to thank you for your support and commitment to finding Lilly these past 2 years. Although it will be a very hard day for all of us, spending it together will help us heal in a small way.

Visitors are welcome to bring a candle to light for Lilly but it is not required. Please RSVP via Facebook or if you're on Twitter, you can RSVP below.

Media is encouraged to attend.

We'd like to give very special thanks to Anita Hunt of Nita Joy Craft Design and author of "Are You Being Bullied" for creating the lovely flyer pictured above.
Nita, you're a star, thank you for your generosity! Nita graciously volunteered after responding to my tweet. (Pictured below ~ Note: read from bottom to top)


Nita's reply was a complete surprise. As you can see, the exchange was short and sweet. A few hours later, the flyer was done. It was that easy and carefree. So, if it's a personalized greeting card or gift you need to help brighten someone's day, please consider Nita Joy Craft Design. If you tweet, you can follow Nita on Twitter.

And finally, I'd like to thank Staples for donating flyers for Lilly. Thank you, Staples!! We appreciate all of your support.

Help us spread the word. Pass on the link to this post, tweet it, invite your friends on Facebook and email your network, if you have a blog inform your readers. We need your support now more than ever.

Hope to see all of you on Sunday, May 31st!

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Mayor's Take 25 Children's Safety Event in South Florida

South Florida friends, I have great news to report. Well, actually it's an event I'm very excited for.. I'm happy to announce that Miami Mayor Carlos Alvarez is hosting a Take 25 Children's Safety event for National Missing Children's Day! Check out the details below and if you're in Miami on May 20th, please swing by and show your support. I'll be there with my children and I hope to meet you and yours!

What: Mayor's Take 25 Children's Safety Event
When: 5/20/2009 2:00:00 PM – 5:00:00 PM
Where: Mas Canosa Center, 250 SW 114 Avenue
Sweetwater, FL 33174
Get directions

Details: This event will provide daycare children and afterschool program children with safety demonstrations, hands on interaction with police and fire personnel to discuss the importance of children's safety, and an educational puppet show that will emphasis child safety tips. In addition, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez will hold a press conference to heighten awareness about children’s safety issues, with a focus on prevention and encouraging parents, guardians, and other trusted-adult role models to spend time talking to kids and teaching them ways to be safer.

For more information contact: Suzanne Salichs at (305) 375-1216.

Parents, don't miss this excellent opportunity to teach your children about safety!
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