Scars, needs run deep for Mission family of mother, son who died in fire

It has been more than a year since Leticia Lopez took in her niece and two nephews after they lost their mother and youngest brother in a house fire. On July 22, 2018, Maria Izabel Maldonado, her 5-year-old son, Gustavo Maldonado, and Johnathan Palomarez, a 15-year-old family friend, died in the Mission fire. Johnathan was the boyfriend of Leticia’s 16-year-old niece, and Gustavo was one of two twin brothers, and would be 7 years old today. Read the full story at