HARLINGEN — It may be months before her remains are returned to the area as the investigation into the murder of Nahomi Rodriguez continues.
However, family members have decided to hold a memorial service for her later this month as a way to continue to cope with the tragedy.
Last week, Rodriguez’s remains were found in Rio Hondo. The 19-year-old had been missing since July 2016 following her late night shift at the McDonald’s in Harlingen.
It appeared she left with someone she knew, but she never made it home.
Because of the publicity of her disappearance, family, friends and the community are invited to say their goodbyes to the San Benito teenager.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a note, poem or a memory to leave for Nahomi.
These items will be placed in her casket.
In addition, two GoFundMe pages have been set up in Nahomi’s name.
According to several family members, the pages are aimed to provide additional emotional and financial support to both sides of the family.
The family does qualify to receive some violent crime funding through the state and that is currently in the process. However, it can take some time for the family to receive those state funds.
The GoFundMe pages come on heels of police officially identifying her remains that were found in Rio Hondo last Thursday.
Nahomi’s remains were sent to the state for further testing and are expected to be there for several months.
During a press conference Monday, Nahomi’s aunt Enedina Sanchez, along with Nahomi’s father and other family members vowed to find her killer.
Sanchez, who has been looking for her niece since her disappearance was firm in her mission to find out what exactly happened to Nahomi and encouraged the public to help.
The Harlingen Police Department and Sanchez herself are confident they will find Nahomi’s killer.
“Whoever you are, all these gentlemen here are looking for you,” Sanchez said of law enforcement personnel on hand during the press conference. “We will find you.”
Based on the major evidence found at the scene Police Chief Jeffry Adickes said Nahomi could have died the night she disappeared in July or several months ago. Police are confident that the amount of evidence will tell them more.
The night she went missing, a McDonald’s surveillance camera captured her inside the restaurant drive-through window filling a cup with soda before she fist bumped with what appears to be an older man in a grey SUV in the drive through.
Nahomi was last seen wearing her McDonald’s uniform of a black shirt, black pants and a black cap.
The Harlingen Police Department is seeking the public’s help to find the murderer of 19-year-old Nahomi Rodriguez.
Anyone who might remember information or who has current information pertaining to the case is encouraged to call authorities at 956-425-8477.
WHAT: Memorial Service for Nahomi Rodriguez
WHEN: Saturday, April 29 starting at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Cross Church in San Benito