Abilene police to host birthday party for murder victim's daughter
ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene Police Officers Association is teaming up with Primetime Entertainment to throw a birthday party for the daughter of a recent homicide victim.
Eleven-year-old Nevaeh Rosales called police late Sunday night after police say her mother, Soa Olivia Trucks, was shot and killed by her boyfriend Manuel Talavera.
When police arrived on the scene they found Nevaeh waiting with her mother. Officers learned later that night it was her 11th birthday.
"For Nevaeh to go through what she went through, and then to find out it was her birthday it broke our hearts," APOA President Adam Becker said.
Wednesday, members of the association surprised Nevaeh at her grandmother's house to tell her about their plan to throw her the party she wasn't able to have. It's taking place Saturday at Primetime.
Nevaeh's aunt, Danielle Rosales, told KTXS the kindness shown by law enforcement officers has been clear since the beginning.
"They showed raw true emotion when they saw my niece," Danielle said. "We can't thank them enough for being who they are."
Employees at the Taylor County Jail also surprised Neveah with gifts.
"They bought me a basket with bears, Sour Patch Kids and other stuff," Neveah said.
Becker said the association wants Neveah to have a few hours dedicated to herself, "to be a kid, to celebrate her day, to have some presents to open and have fun with her friends."
Danielle said the outpour of generosity has restored her faith in the city of Abilene.
"Yes we've had crime, we've always had crime, but look at this, we've had people we don't even know come together and be a strong community," Danielle said.
The association will be accepting gifts for Nevaeh from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Abilene/Taylor County Law Enforcement Center located at 450 Pecan Street.