Mya Pena, a 17-year-old lady with a delicate coronary heart who uplifted these in want, fought for her life towards a younger man in a poisonous relationship that turned lethal, Pena’s mom stated Friday.
Now, the teenager’s household is hoping to boost consciousness about courting violence and manipulative relationships to make sure Mya’s life was not misplaced in useless.
“She fought to reside,” Audra Pena, Mya’s mom, stated in an interview provided by KDVR. “We’re going to struggle again for her, and we’re going to make her life reside on ceaselessly.”
Authorities discovered 17-year-old Mya Pena dead in a car in Fountain Jan. 14 together with 18-year-old Samuel Hoffman, who additionally was deceased.
Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock stated investigators consider Hoffman killed Pena that afternoon in a parking zone close to Mile Excessive Academy in Highlands Ranch the place she was a scholar. Police looked for the teenagers and located them each useless later that evening in a automobile off Interstate 25 in Fountain. Deputies heard Hoffman shoot himself within the automobile as they arrived.
Hoffman had psychological well being points and had been concerned in a separate home violence incident in Aurora, based on legislation enforcement.
Audra Pena stated her daughter knew about Hoffman’s melancholy and tried to deliver mild and laughter into his life.
“She wished to save lots of him,” Audra Pena stated. “She was attempting to indicate him a distinct lifestyle. She usually would inform me ‘Mother, we have to pray for him’ and we’d.”
The Pena household had met Hoffman, however Alexis Pena, Mya’s older sister, stated they had been blinded from seeing potential pink flags as a result of her sister all the time introduced out the nice in others.
Alexis Pena stated Hoffman was a combined martial arts fighter who strangled Mya the day she was discovered useless.
“I by no means in my life knew that I may really feel so empty,” Audra Pena stated. “We come from a household that has a really highly effective religion, and I do know that this isn’t the tip of the street. I do know that I’ll see her once more and be capable of maintain her once more and hug her once more, so with out that, I wouldn’t have been in a position to survive.”
Her mother and sister described Mya as an introvert who blossomed round household. She was an athlete with a artistic facet who stuffed the home along with her singing every morning.
Vans footwear had been Mya Pena’s trademark — even when sporting clothes, her sister stated. On the funeral service, greater than 800 of the teenagers’ family members wore Vans, together with the pastor.
Alexis Pena smiled as she mirrored on her favourite reminiscences along with her sister.
“She was my finest good friend,” Alexis Pena stated. “My mother is a single mom. It was simply us. We all the time shared a room up till highschool…we might do skits and dance competitions.”
The household hopes to create a particular Vans shoe to boost consciousness about relationship violence to hold on Mya’s legacy. To honor Mya’s life, her mom needs to begin a basis educating teenagers about courting violence and offering self protection lessons to younger girls.
“He took my child, however he received’t take our lives,” Audra Pena stated. “He received’t get one of the best of our household, and she or he wouldn’t need that in order that’s why we’re going to return out combating for her.”