FAIRFIELD — They sang “Amazing Grace,” heard readings from the Bible – and the hope that this would be the last time such a service would have to occur.
The Moment of Blessing at the site where the body of 16-year-old Naomy Rojas was found early Saturday brought pastors and members of the Fairfield-Suisun School District and Fairfield City Council on Wednesday.
“As you leave this place, take with you our prayer that each of us might act in some way to prevent the further loss of life from homicide,” the Rev. David Isom, senior pastor of the St. Stephen Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Fairfield and a member of the school board, told those in attendance.
We are resolved to do anything we can to create safety, Isom later said.
A photograph of Rojas is in front of flowers and candles left at the site near the railroad tracks behind Phoenix Drive.
The Rev. Ira Manning of Shiloh Baptist Church in Vacaville read from Psalms 23, “The Lord is my shepherd . . . .” The Rev. Todd Bertani, pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Fairfield, said water sprinkled at the site is intended to cleanse it “from the evil and the brutality” behind the loss of Rojas’ life.
Fairfield police have asked for anyone with information about what preceded Rojas’ slaying to contact authorities. City Council members at their meeting Tuesday called on the public to assist law enforcement.
Councilman John Mraz, who worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years, including serving in the Fairfield Police Department from 1965-86, said of citizens that if you turn a blind eye “you don’t solve anything.”
Councilwoman Pam Bertani, who attended Wednesday’s service, has said of the city that, “We are a united front here.”
“As a community we will get through this together,” she said.
Frank Zito was at the service Wednesday with family members, including his wife Shannon, and recalled when Rojas would visit their home. The Zitos have two daughters, Cynthia, 19, and Celeste, 15.
“She was just so cute,” Shannon Zito said of Rojas.
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