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Prayers at site where teen’s body found

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Nearby resident Carlos Sanchez places a lit candle at the memorial of sixteen-year-old Naomy Rojas Wednesday. Community members held a blessing event behind the Phoenix Drive apartment complex where police found Rojas' body Saturday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | February 20, 2014 |

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.

 Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • Skeptic ScroogeFebruary 20, 2014 - 4:31 am

    Blind eye? Can we get better pictures of what to look for? Can we get pictures of who is on parole in Fairfield so we can call police when we recognize someone that is out off a burglary charge walking the block at 2am?

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  • SC is PatheticFebruary 20, 2014 - 6:42 am

    Right. Now it's the citizens' fault. NOT the fault of the people commiting the crimes, NOT the fault of the courts who allow them to re offend.Nah, it's the fault of the law abiding tax paying citizens. Can't blame a pathologist in this case, so lets blame the next best thing. It's horrific enough that this happened. Lets not make it 1000 times worse by not finding her killer!

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  • PornacFebruary 20, 2014 - 6:59 am

    She needed a gun to protect herself!

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  • LarryFebruary 20, 2014 - 9:49 am

    This is very sad, I still feel that this could have been prevented if proper guidelines in the household was established. What is a 16 year old doing out at 4:15 am?

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 20, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Larry is the ONLY thinking person around here!!!

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 20, 2014 - 11:09 am

    Indeed, any logical inquiring person simply must ask---What is a pretty 16 year old girl doing out at 4am in a bad neighborhood? (any part of Suisun or Fairfield). Is it heresy, blasphemy or sacrilege to dare ask such a question or our we the inquiring to be derided forever? You know something---your community is like downtown Cairo or Fallujah now. You have armed subhuman thugs terrorizing the innocent and you have heavily armed troops in bearcat and hummvee vehicles along with drones and attack helicopters riding around looking for "the enemy". Soon it will be tanks and artillery. I want to live in Mayberry, not Fallujah Iraq or Damascus Syria!

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  • JazzAzzFebruary 20, 2014 - 11:46 am

    Exactly!!! Back in the 60s, when I was 16, I had to be in by 10PM, maybe 11PM at the latest. Here is my theory, since I saw some teens on the news talking about how great a person she was, trying to straighten out her life (At only 16). That she had been hanging with the wrong crowd and trying to fix that. Well maybe that wrong crowd said, "Once in, never out. You know too much." Maybe that is not it at all, but I'm guessing it would not take a Colombo or Adrian Monk to figure this one out. Pick up all this WRONG CROWD, taking them into a BACK ROOM of the PD, temporarily suspending the constitution, turn off the cameras, and get the info needed, making sure no bruises are left. This is the way these types (NOT HER), the killers, people that know who they are, should get treated!!!!!!!! If only I were KING!!!!!

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  • Danny BuntinFebruary 20, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    That is usually how all Kings operate. Except they could care less about the bruising.

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  • Bill GriffinFebruary 20, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    It's my understanding that she was shot around 1 am. 4 am is her body was discovered. I don't consider 1 am to be that late for 16 year old on a weekend when they are near home and who is to say she didn't sneak out of the house? You are judging without any knowledge of what happened. Nice going.

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 20, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    Remember Elvis Presley's 1969 song ''In the Ghetto''? It doesn't end seemed to be the message of that melancholy ditty and its true----it doesn't end even after 50 years of liberal do goodery for the no goodery. Again, where are the parents?

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