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Candlelight vigil held for Abilene murder victim

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ABILENE, Texas - Family and friends of 40-year-old Soa Trucks held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night to remember her.

Trucks' five daughters thanked the dozens of family members and friends who gathered for the vigil in the 1900 block of Clinton Street.

It's where police say Trucks' boyfriend, 45-year-old Manuel Talavera, shot her at her home Sunday night. Family members said it came after months of abuse.

Family members said Trucks' youngest daughter was there that night and hid, and then called 911 from a neighbor's house. It all happened on her 11th birthday.

She was happy to see the large turnout to remember her mom.

"It feels very good cause they're all supporting my mother, and I really enjoy that," said Nevaeh Rosales, Trucks' daughter.

Family members said they'll always remember Trucks' smile, her sense of humor and how she loved to dance and cook.

"I want her to know we're here for her even though she's gone, but in spirit she's gonna be with us, and she's never gonna be forgotten," said Christina Jiminez, Trucks' cousin.

"Oh man, I have so many memories of her," said Flo Perez, Trucks' cousin. "Our family's so close. [I'll remember] just all the good things."

"The way that she died is just very traumatic," said Leticia Cano, Trucks' cousin. "I was a victim of domestic violence a very long time ago, and I got out of it. So, to know that she's been going through this, I didn't really realize how bad it was. It hurts."

Visitation will be Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Elmwood Funeral Home.

The funeral will take place at noon Saturday at the Elmwood Funeral Home's chapel.

Police have arrested and charged Talavera with her murder.

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