"SHINING AWARENESS TO TEEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE"

Jaclyn Elisse Torrealba

Biography

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aclyn Elisse Torrealba was born on June 14, 1991, and was our only child. We always told our precious daughter that she was a blessing from GOD and our sunshine.  Jaclyn was the “apple of our eyes.” Jaclyn was a gentle soul, a lovely person, with a tender and loving heart, a loyal friend to all, very studios, and very active in the all-star cheerleading and all-star dance throughout her life but above all, she was a wonderful daughter.

Jaclyn’s infectious smile, her wit, and joyful friendliness never failed to capture and warm the hearts of those who knew her.  Jaclyn was a talented, gracious, and a well rounded young lady.  She always strived to be successful in all aspects of her life, as evidenced by numerous scholastic honors such as being in the top 10% of her class in high school, being in the National Honor Society, and obtaining a Bright Futures Scholarship.  She also excelled in arts and sports, where her love for dance and cheerleading made her perform with such grace and sportsmanship, that she was recognized and awarded in many occasions.

Jaclyn was also a good, responsible citizen, which she demonstrated by dedicating part of her time to helping people in need at a community mental health center.  Her goal was to become a family lawyer in order to help families and children in distress.  She consistently made the choice to follow good morals and values, and always saw the positive in people and life.  Jaclyn Elisse Torrealba was an example of dedication and commitment to being a good person, and she was certainly well on her way to become that.

Three months after Jaclyn’s 18 birthday Jaclyn was taken away from us due to a senseless crime of incomprehensible violence. The person who murdered Jaclyn was someone she knew and felt she could trust however, this person, disguised as a so friend appeared to be obsessed with Jaclyn and murdered Jaclyn on October 11, 2009. Jaclyn did not see and was not aware of the warning signs of domestic violence as it is a silent killer to the victims. Violence can occur only once for a murder to happen. And so, on October 11, 2009, our sunshine was no more.

Because of Jaclyn’s death, our JECY Foundation, strives to help teens and young adults to understand the warning signs of a negative relationship whether it may be a; friendship, boy/girlfriend relationship, ex-boy/girlfriend relationship, school mate, and/or an acquaintance as all of these connections may bring harm if a teen or young adult are not in tune to the cycle of violence. One in 3 females and one in 4 males will be a victim of domestic violence in their life time. Our mission is to educate, to bring forth valuable life saving information, and to bring experts to speak to our teens and young adults so that they do not endure what Jaclyn suffered her last hours of life. The murderer now serves a Life Sentence without Parole for 1st degree, premeditative murder.

No one has the right to take someone’s life; Jaclyn had the right to live and to pursue her dreams. Jaclyn had the right to be happy, safe, and healthy without harm. We as parents also had the right to experience all the happiness our daughter could bring to this world but it was taken in a violent manner and Jaclyn’s life ended too soon. As parents we live a life sentence as we no longer have our daughter and she is missed every moment we breathe. So the JECY Foundation stands against this silent killer and shouts,
“Say no to silence and against teen domestic violence!”

Just one day after the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, hundreds of teens gathered at Miami’s Braddock Senior High for the third annual Run for Respect.

The event honors the memory of teenage murder victim Jaclyn Torrealba and now,Christian Aguilar.

“My prayers go out to the families out there because this pain is a continuous pain,” said Torrealba’s mother, Vilma Castro. “Parents who lose their children in regards to violence, it’s devastating.”

 

Torrealba, 18, was brutally murdered in 2009 by a man believed to be her friend, prosecutors said. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole in July. Aguilar, a new University of Florida student, was found murdered in Levy County. His friend and former classmate was charged in his death