I don't know her personally, but I truly feel saddened by her passing. It's always like that for me when someone dies, especially one so young, and one taken away by such tragic circumstances.
News articles have described her as the girl who resisted a jeepney holdup. A musician who was passionate about the arts. An Atenean graduate who was just about to fulfill her biggest dreams.
All those are true. But, first and foremost, Tara Santelices was a daughter and a dear friend.
I just pray that her family and friends would have the strength to let Tara go. They probably know in their hearts that she now truly is at peace. But it's never easy to let go of a loved one.
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GMANews.TV - Tara Santelices, jeepney robbery victim, passes away
abs-cbnNEWS.com - Atenean holdup victim dies
Inquirer.net - Rob victim dies days before 24th birthday