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Candle Light Prayer Event To Be Held In Bonita Springs

Seven people who lost their lives at a young age will be honored at the Bonita Springs candlelight prayer.

“She’s a mother. And she took a bullet for her child and that’s just tough.” 25-year-old Destiney Bocanegra was killed in a Bonita Springs drive-by shooting in late April. The pregnant mother died while protecting her own young son.

“I’m hoping that even this event brings justice to this family,” Abel Cuellar, Bonita Springs community pastor, said.

Abel is planning a candlelight prayer to honor seven victims who lost their lives too soon.

“I love Bonita Springs and to hear people are dying on our streets, especially young people,” he said. “It’s sad that we wait until someone is gone to do that. It’s like a wake-up call to start honoring people every day.”

The event will also honor Jordan Valero — a 19-year-old who was found dead in his home in 2016. Two suspects were arrested for his death in April.

“We want to also celebrate the fact that Jordan’s family can now rest in peace to know whoever did that to their son is behind bars now.”

Five others who lost their lives at a young age will also be honored, all under one roof at the Bonita Springs YMCA.

“I hope it starts a healing process in the community,” he said. “That’s my heart. What that’s gonna look like…we don’t know in the future.”

Interested in attending? The event is on May 19th at 7 p.m. Family of the victims will be speaking and there will be performances by Chuy Boi and other local artists.

Abel says the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be there to help keep the event safe.