ORLANDO, Florida – Miya Marcano’s family announced details of the 19-year-old’s funeral on Sunday.
A celebration of life and funeral will be held at the Cooper City Church of God on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Marcano’s body was found by authorities over a week ago in a wooded area near Tymber Skan Condominiums off South Texas Avenue, where investigators said someone interested in his death had lived in at some point.
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Before her body was found, Marcano was last seen on Friday, September 24, at Arden Villas Apartments near the University of Central Florida, where she lived and worked.
MPs suspect the 19-year-old was killed by Armando Caballero, an Arden Villas maintenance worker, who had access to her house. Caballero was found dead of an apparent suicide in the days following Marcano’s disappearance.
According to the family lawyer, Marcano’s parents started the Miya Marcano Memorial Foundation support and provide resources to the families of missing persons and “advocate for the protection of students and our most vulnerable population”.
“The ability to help other families and the ability to do my part to bring about change with the very systems that did not protect my daughter Miya, reassures us a little. Miya has always said that she is going to change the world, and we want to make sure her legacy continues and helps as many people as possible, ”Miya Marcano’s mother Yma Scarbriel said in a statement.
The day after Marcano’s discovery, the family and their lawyer, famous civil rights lawyer Daryl Washington, held a press conference saying they were working to hold anyone accountable for his disappearance.
“We are looking at all available legal remedies for the family because it is very clear that there has been negligence in this matter,” Washington said.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Washington said there were still unanswered questions in the investigation.
“We don’t know how she left this apartment complex, we don’t know if she was dead or alive. But we know there have been critical hours wasted, ”he said.
Instead of flowers, the family asks for donations from the Miya Marcano Memorial Foundation.
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