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Karen Garcia laid to rest in Williams

For the second time in two weeks, a Williams mother had to bury her daughter. On Thursday the community showed up in large numbers to support the family.

Posted: Jan 25, 2018 6:12 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2019 10:59 AM

WILLIAMS, Calif. - For the second time in two weeks, a Williams mother had to bury her daughter. On Thursday the community showed up in large numbers to support the family.

We first told you about Karen Garcia when she went missing a day after her younger sister was killed in a head-on crash on I-5 earlier this month.

On Thursday morning, dozens of family members and friends made their way to the Church of the Annunciation to say goodbye to 21-year-old Karen Garcia.

"It actually hit everybody really hard. Williams is a small town, you kind of know everybody and what happened is just really sad and depressing. You can feel it in the air, you can feel it everywhere," said Williams resident Juanita Solis.

During the service, Karen's older sister Ana thanked everyone for their love and support during this difficult time. She said she knows Karen is now in a better place, reunited with her younger sister who was just buried last week after she was killed in a wrong-way crash on I-5.

"I love you so much. You and Jessica. We love you both so much and we'll always keep you both in our thoughts," she said.

Cecilia Navarro is a mom and she said she can't even begin to imagine the heartache they must be feeling.

"To lose a kid, you don't have words. I put myself in her shoes and I'd feel horrible if something like that happened to my daughter," she said.

Many of her co-workers from Granzella's attended the funeral wearing purple scarves to raise awareness on domestic violence, one of those being Andrea Robledo who said she's still in shock.

"You see this in movies, you don't see this anywhere close. So for all this to happen is just unrealistic and it doesn't make sense to me," Robledo said.

Following the service at the church, Garcia was buried at the Williams Cemetary. It was a somber-mood with many offering their condolences to Garcia's family.

They say Karen was a beautiful person and it's hard to believe this is reality.

"Always smiling, always happy. And it's sad, it's just unrealistic. It doesn't make sense and I just can't wrap my head around it," Robledo said.

The search is still on for her suspected killer, her ex-boyfriend Salvador Garcia Junior. Police said he was last seen driving around in a stolen black 2011 Toyota Sienna with California plates 6NY-B823.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Colusa Police Department.

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