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PHOTOS: Violent Crime Victims Remembered

Dozens of family members of violent crime victims gathered at Harveston Lake in Temecula during a candlelight vigil.

 

A candlelight vigil was held to memorialize violent crime victims. Click on the image above to see a photo slideshow.

Cat Burke April 26, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Saskia Burke was my daughter. She was a beautiful, vibrant, creative and intelligent girl. She was my friend, and my muse throughout her life. She possessed such charm, and grace. She was filled with compassion, and love, and happiness. She was a girl who challenged herself to get good grades, who befriended anyone in need of a friend, who chose to spend her time at home because she loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. We attended the candlelight vigil in Temecula last night, to honor Saskia. Through this entire ordeal, she has been treated so dishonorably! The media’s immediate attack against her morals and character, the indecent questions that were asked of her family and friends… Right down to last nights ceremony, where not only did they spell and say her name too incorrectly, they got her age wrong as well. I just wanted to say, we honor you – Saskia Savana Burke, 18 years old… Saskia died, the victim of a VIOLENT HATE CRIME. She is dead, because the murderer killed her first, as he intended to kill everyone in our home that morning as we slept… We honor you Saskia, we love you Saskia, and we will forever miss you baby girl!
EA April 26, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Dear Cat I am a long time Temecula resident and mother of an only daughter. I was not aware of this horrible tragedy. I don't want to even imagine what you have endured. I am so truly sorry for your loss and your pain. I hope they fry the person who took your daughter away from you. May God continually comfort you and your family.
Brenda April 26, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Hi Cat, Like many I have followed the horrible story of your daughters untimely death/murder. With daughters of my own I cannot begin to imagine the pain you have went through and will continue to. I do not remember anyone in the comments sections treating you, your family or daughter dishonorably. As far as the media I never saw anything that attacked her morals or character. Perhaps I missed an article or two, but I sympatize with you if a person or reporter came across as unfeeling about her murder. I am sure the prenunciation of her name and her age was an innocent mistake and they should have checked with you before hand to make sure they had accurate information. Everyone here did care, and gave comments of support but often times its hard to know what to say in a case like this, other then "shoot" the bad guy, Rip and god bless and give strength to the family and friends, and our hearts were definately with you, and still are. I believe she was honored one night also. I wish I had words to say to comfort you, to help you through the years to come, but I don't. I know that loosing my sister who was 18 months older then me, when I was small, has been something I deal with even now, every single day of my life, and I am now 52. :/ Really, I just wanted to say that I am sorry if anyone, even me said anything negative about your daughter at the time of her murder, or after. I am sure no one meant to be mean. Bless you Cat
Brenda April 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Ahh that refreshes my old memory a bit. Any degree of statements like that under the circumstances is not appropriate and whats more, is just NOT important, and doesnt have anything to do with the only fact is, that she was murdered, and others seriously injured. Thanks Anita for refreshing me.
T 22 April 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Cat, they didn't pronounce my sons name or age correctly either. It does feel a little dishonorable, I'm sorry!
Brenda April 27, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Thank you Anita for bringing this statement to my attention. It certainly was not meant to dishonor Saskia as you state, in any way. It is a generalized statement about dating young and mid age and one or the other getting horribly hurt that I made in the hopes a few posters would calm down over placing blame. And also possibly a reason for this young mans anger to the many who posted it was totally unlike him to act this way, to do something like this horrible murder. Rereading through all of those comments was enlightening and overwhelmingly sad. You have the people who know any parties involved leaving comments, then some who know the accused and some who know Saskia. However, I never did see this particular comment from me you posted so its hard to remember what preempted my particular response. ? Maybe it wasn't Dec. 23rd? Regardless this comment in no way dishonor's Saskia or her parents, or speaks badly about any of them. Why out of all the posters you would pick out my one comment is beyond me, especially with the literally page after page of rather mean comments. When in fact, I do not see any responses from me in there or I am skimming past them too fast. But if I only left this message maybe go and look through the three articles again and "roast" or put the "noose" on the other repeat repeat posters. Again, a horrible tragedy, death and attacks on the two others just as I said above.
Brenda April 27, 2012 at 07:20 AM
Apparently it was a response to some of his friends saying what a nice boy he was etc. Me, as usual trying to take the middle road was trying to throw it out there that maybe he had always cared about her or something, and he was hurt by it. Otherwise, something they were not aware of, they being his friends. So, it was meant to be a vague kind of thing that read in context I have been told tonight, makes more sense then just the short part you put in Anita. For what reason you would do that, I dont understand. Also in 3 articles concerning the murders I did not post at all on the subject because it is a painful one, however many others did. I could be extremely mean back and say all sorts of things that come to mind Anita. But as always being a nice person, I will keep myself out of the mud, exaggerations and drama you are attempting to sling around concerning this subject.
DORE PEREZ September 07, 2012 at 09:53 AM
I WOULD LIKE TO BE NOTIFIED ABOUT THE NEXT CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL DIDNT KNOW ABOUT THIS YEARS WENT TO LAST YEARS THOUGH IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY BROTHER LARRY PEREZ WHO WAS MURDERED JUNE 29,2009 MY EMAIL IS DOREPEREZ@YAHOO.COM THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
T 22 September 07, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Dore, you can find it on the County website under the Victims Assistance programs. I'm thinking they probably don't have a date set yet. I'm sorry about your brother. Have they convicted anybody?
V.W.D.S. September 07, 2012 at 02:37 PM
words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your loss and your family. Please know, there are people out there that were shocked and dismayed at this violent event, but could never understand your grief and pain even with compassionate hearts I do not believe anyone could ever know what you are enduring through. God Bless your family.

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