Brenda Lee Nuñez's Family Speaks Out About Violence

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Friday, April 15, 2011 - 8:44am

The pain remains. The family of then 17-year-old Brenda Lee Nuñez lost her three years ago and to this day, they can't get over the pain.

"We feel like a big part of our lives is missing. Um, she was, you know, our happiness, you know."

Brenda was killed after breaking up with her boyfriend, Hector Herrasti. After the break-up, Herrasti became obsessed with Brenda and began to stalk her. He broke into her home, tied her up, sexually assaulted her and stabbed her 28 times.

"When I found out, it was very hard, because I didn't want to believe that she was gone."

28-year-old, Lorena Nuñez, remembers talking to her little sister about how controlling Brenda’s boyfriend was. They would talk about it often.

"She finally realized that he was being, that it was wrong and she got away and this is the end result."

Brenda’s family made it a point to attend this year's conference to bring awareness to parents and teenagers who may be going through abuse. Brenda’s mother tells us he didn't know her teenage daughter was being abused.

"Ella nunca me dijo nada. Ella platicaba conmigo."

Virginia Nuñez wishes her daughter would've told her what was going on. Maybe then, Brenda would still be alive.

"Mi hija, pues, fue muy buena muchachita. Nosotros no batallabamos con ella. Ella siempre fue muy importante para nosotros."

Now that their daughter is gone, all the Nuñez family can do is remember her and bring awareness to the local youth that abuse is not acceptable and they should seek help.

The teen's killer pled guilty in 2009 and was sentenced to life in prison.

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