FAIRFIELD — She loved to watch scary movies, had started going to Victory Outreach Church in Fairfield and had a favorite food, posole soup.
A noon potluck fundraiser Sunday at Dover Park for the family of Naomy Rojas, the 16-year-old Fairfield youth whose body was found near railroad tracks behind Phoenix Drive, will serve the soup of corn, shredded chicken and red sauce.
“My sister was a loving person,” Nayeli Rojas, 24, of Vacaville, said at a car wash fundraiser Friday at North Texas Street and Alaska Avenue behind the Carl’s Jr. The car wash to help cover the costs for Naomy Rojas’ funeral will take place again from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Nayeli Rojas remembered her sister’s scary movie marathons.
“She’d stay up all night,” Nayeli said of Naomy watching films, “even though she thought they were stupid.”
Nayeli said her sister was going to be 17 years old May 27 and was ready for a change in her life.
“She didn’t deserve any of this,” Nayeli said.
Nayeli Rojas said her mother, who works as a custodian for a Napa winery, is in shock about Naomy’s death and still checks her phone in the morning for text messages from Naomy.
Neither Naomy or any other family members are in gangs, her sister said. “She just hung with the wrong people,” said Nayeli, who asked that anyone with information about her sister’s death contact Fairfield police.
Vanessa Vega, 17, of Fairfield, spoke about being best friends with Naomy and the tattoo Vega received Thursday with a heart, a lock and Naomy’s name.
“She’s always going to be in my heart,” Vega said.
Naomy wanted to complete high school and the two were planning to go to a beauty college to check out such a career, Vega said.
“She had goals,” Vega said of Naomy.
“I just pray that this opens other kids’ eyes,” Vega said of her friend’s death. “If she were alive she’d be telling us to change our lives.”
Vega said she is irritated by suggestions that Naomy was in a gang. The 16-year-old may have hung around sometimes with some gang members but shouldn’t be identified by that, Vega said.
Danielle Holland, youth leader at Victory Outreach in Fairfield, remembered Naomy as a nice girl.
“She was never disrespectful,” Holland said in a phone interview.
The youth leader agrees with statements by Fairfield officials that the community can’t live in fear because of Naomy’s death.
“I believe that for our city,” Holland said – to let young people “know God does have a purpose in their lives” – and “that they do have a future.”
“God can change anything,” she said.
Fairfield resident Victoria Jacobsen, 19, who works as a waitress, gave the $5 in change she received Friday after buying lunch to the fundraiser for the Rojas family. Naomy was the same age as her youngest brother, Jacobsen said.
“I feel sad,” she said of Naomy Rojas losing her life after being in what she described as “the wrong place at the wrong time.”
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