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Rafael Atencio

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Rafael Alejandro Atencio – Age 19, Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend passed away on March 17, 2008. He was born on April 29, 1988. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Antonio Xavier Atencio; grandparents: Chris E. Sanchez, Sr., Frances T. Atencio and cousin, Anna Marie Atencio. He is survived by his parents: Julie and Ralph Atencio and brother, Gabriel; grandparents: Margie C. Sanchez and Luis L. Atencio; his godparents: Ron and Peggy Trujillo and his uncles and aunts: Chris E. Sanchez, Jr., Victoria S. Sanchez and Trace, Martin R. Sanchez and Francisco M. Sanchez, Lorenzo Atencio, Pedro Atencio and Diane, Dorothy Maestas, Olga Garcia and Eugene, Maria F. Atencio, Chris Atencio and Marcella, Jose Atencio and Alicia and Angela Sanchez and James and numerous cousins, relatives and friends. The outpouring of support from our community is a testament to his short, beautiful life. Rafael was a truly gifted athlete and he loved playing football and running track. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family and made it a point to keep in contact with those he cared about. Rafael was loved and respected by all of the lives he touched. He was kind, gentle, generous and loving. Rafael was a beautiful young man whose beauty radiated from the depths of his being. He is remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his quick wit and his magnetic personality. Rafael took a genuine interest in those he met. He was an extremely polite, conscientious and considerate young man. Rafael made everyone, young children, his peers and adults feel comfortable, cared about and loved. Public Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Block-Salazar Mortuary. A rosary will be recited on Sunday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. at Santa Cruz de la Canada Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the same Church. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Chris E. Sanchez, Jr., Christopher S. Sanchez, Damian M. Sanchez, Gregory Naranjo, Tony Perez, Mehedi Van Huttum, Javier Atencio and Andrew Linares. All those he met were touched by his beautiful spirit, his unselfish kindness and the depth of his concern. The most brilliant stars burn brightest, but not for long. The Rivera Family of Block-Salazar Mortuary. Telephone (505) 753-2288 or 1-800-443-4854.

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Name Rafael Atencio
Date of Birth
Date of Death March 17th, 2008
Home Town , AL, US 
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Rivera Family Funeral Home
Location 417 Rodeo Road
Santa Fe NM 87505
United States

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Marie Trujillo published condolence .

SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE MAY GOD GIVE YOU THE STREGHT TO CONTINUE AND HEAL YOUR BROKEN HEARTS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU!!

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Nelson And Maida Martinez published condolence .

Ralph, Julie, Gabriel and Atencio Family: May Our Dear Lord's loving presence be your strength and comfort at this most difficult time. We did not have the honor and privilege of personally knowing Rafael but Gwen and Frank (our daughter and son-in-law) speak of the kind, generous, respectful young man Rafael was. Rafael's many virtues make him an excellent example for the entire community of what goodness and decency in young people should be, and Rafael and Gabriel are both a testament to you as loving, kind parents. May you and your loved ones find comfort and peace in the nearness of Our Lord's unfailing love. May angels welcome Rafael into the house of the Lord. Matthew 25:23 - "Well done, good and faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." Nelson and Maida Martinez

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Kevin Q published condolence .

HEY BUD, ITS SAD TO KNOW YOUR NOT WITH US IN THE PHYSICAL SENSE BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN TO BE WITH US IN THE SPIRITUAL SENSE. YOUR WITH OUR FATHER NOW, WANTING US TO CELEBRATE YOUR NEW LIFE AND THATS WHAT IM GNA DO... YOUR WERE MY BEST FRIEND IN ELEMENTARY AND WILL STILL BE MY BEST FRIEND IN MY HEART. EVER SINCE WE WERE YOUNG WE WOULD HAVE SLUMBER PARTIES AND WE WOULD ALWAYS ENJOY YOUR COMPANY. YOUR WERE A VERY POSITIVE, STREGHTENED YOUNG INDIVIDUAL AND TRUST ME, YOUR STILL RUBBING OFF ON US BRO, WELL TILL I SEE YOU IN HEAVEN, I LOVE YOU RAFA.

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Wilma Medina And Family published condolence .

Julie Ralph And Gabriel We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your precious son and brother I'm sure he will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. sincerely The Medina's

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Odila (Vasquez) Silva published condolence .

Ralph I just want to say. que dios vendiga a toda su familia (Atencio). God bless you and be with you and help you thrue this hard times. from all of us Maria, Elena, Jose, Aida, Alondra, Marcela, Angelica and I Ody Vasquez (silva)

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Tarianne Gallegos published condolence .

Ralph, Julie, & Gabriel-- You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your beloved son is resting in the arms of Jesus warmed by the light of his love. May the Lord bless you and heal your pain and bring your family even closer. The mass was truly beautiful, a celebration of an incredible young man, loved by so many. God Bless you. Tag

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Matthew & Kelly Rivera published condolence .

Dear Ralph, Julie & Gabriel; We are thinking of you and share in your sorrow. We would do anything to change things, but we can't. We are drawn together by a difficult and sad experience however we know that we'll remain good friends.We hope your spirits will be lifted somehow, there's always hope right! Please stay strong for each other.

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Alexandra And Miranda published condolence .

Ralph, Julie & Gab - May your hearts be filled with the comfort of God's love during this most difficult time. Rapha was a beautiful person in this life and I can only imagine what an amazing angel you have watching over you from heaven. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

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Priscilla Cordova published condolence .

Julie, Ralph and Family, I was deeply saddened when I heard about your beloved son. Please know that you are in my prayers. If there was a way I could take your pain away, it would be done. Know that he will always live in your hearts, and he will watch over you from heaven. God Bless You. Priscilla Cordova and Family

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Ronnie And Dolores Trujillo & Erica Bustos published condolence .

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family in this tragic time of your life. May God grant you courage and strength to accept that he is no longer on earth but up above taking care of all of you. If you need anything, please let us know.

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Oidla (Vasquez) Silva published condolence .

Ralph and family Atencio our deep sympatty on you lost I didn't know you son ass much but I saw him since he was nine years old. When I work at El Paragua all our family would pray for him and you family. Good blees you.

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Vickie Luviano published condolence .

Raffy was the most loving, sweet young man, and will be missed so much. My family has you in our daily prayers, and my heart goes out to you at your loss. I was blessed to have Raffy in my life while he was in school. You did a fantastic job in teaching him to love, respect and care for others. His love for God was also evident. I am so sorry.

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Charles & Theresa Radosevich published condolence .

Atencio family, Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one. You and yours are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of grief. May God bless you and watch over you now and always. Charles and Theresa Radosevich

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Vanessa Martinez And Family published condolence .

Ralph and Julie Im truly sorry about the loss of your son rafael. He was a great person who i got the chance to know though out my life very kind and respectful like his mother and father. He was amazing at everything he did from school to sports to always putting a smile on everyone's face at work with his great sense of humor. He's a son both you and julie are very proud of! Ralph you and Julie are some of the most amazing parents i have ever met there isnt anything you wouldnt do for your children.Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very hard time. Rafael is with god now and is an angel watching over you both as well as the rest of your family. God Bless you guys i pray the the lord give you strength in time of sorrow. ~Rest in peace Rafael, you will be missed forever And we'll see you again in heaven~ Vanessa (Loca)

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Yolanda Trujillo published condolence .

May the Lord give you the strength that you need during this time.

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Ricky And Clarissa Lopez published condolence .

Ralph, Julie and Gabriel Our prayers are with Rafael and your family. Thank you for sharing your son with us while he was here on earth. Lots of good memories. He Is a good man. May God bless you and your family always. Your friends always. Ricky and Clarissa Lopez

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Eric & Patti Radosevich published condolence .

Ralph and family & Atencio family, Please accept our deepest heartfelt sympathy during your time of grief. Words cannot express enough at this time, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and yours now and always. Eric & Patti Radosevich and Family

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Norma & Pat Seifrit published condolence .

Alicia, Jose, & Joey, We were so sorry to hear of the loss in your family. It's been so hard for you for so long now. I pray you find peace in this time of sorrow. Our deepest condolences to your entire family.

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Rose Lopez-Brown published condolence .

Ralph & family, My deepest condolences on your son Rafael. I will pray for your family for strength, hope & courage each day. I remember when I first met your family at VNB when they were very young. You have a beautiful family. God Bless you.

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Cecil And Edith Brown published condolence .

Dear Atencio family, There are no words to express our feelings at this time, but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope you find comfort in your family, your faith and the memories of a great young man. Remember the promise of Easter, and we will also remember Rafael. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

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Paul And Stephanie Fresquez published condolence .

Atencio Family: We are so sorry for your loss. May god bless all of you in this difficult time. Fresquez Family

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Daniel Torres published condolence .

Dear Raff and Family, I am so sorry for the tremendous loss. You were a great guy, you always took the time to say hello and greet me with a handshake, a smile, and smart remark just to make me laugh. You will be greatly missed. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless.

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Jean Stratton published condolence .

Dear, dear Julie, Ralph, and Gabriel, There are no words to tell you how I feel. I just want you to know that I have never seen either Rafael or Gabby when they didn't give me a hug and make me feel like I'm really a part of your wonderful family. Rafael had a special talent for making people feel loved and accepted. I am glad to have been able to know him and all of you. Love, Jean

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Josh, Nina, And Evan Martinez published condolence .

Although blood may have not made us family it always felt as though we were because of how close and how long i grew up knowing Ralf. There was never a dull moment being among his presence and i am more than grateful for all our memories together. I could name numerous things he used to do and say just to add laughter and smiles to those around him. Nothing or no one can replace the loss of such a genuine being but God is good. Ralf had a special place in all our hearts but most of all he has a special place in heaven. May all our prayers and thoughts help to ease the pain of those closest to him may he be like a blessed angel upon us all until we meet again......

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Carlos Guillen published condolence .

Julie, Ralph, Gabriel, family & friends: My most sincere condolences and support go out to you as you reflect on the life of Rafael. I wish I could be back home in New Mexico to offer this in person, but know that all of you are in my thoughts. Carlos Guillen

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Amber Espinosa-Trujillo published condolence .

May God Bless You Rafael. You were an amazing young man, so full of love and life. I hope you find Peace in Heaven. You will be greatly missed. Ronald, Amber, Hunter and Krystianna Trujillo

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Tanya Vandenbusch published condolence .

To the Atencio Family, My prayers are with you and your family during this hard time. I went to school with Ralf at Holy Cross. After we graduated in sixth grade we went our seprate ways and didn't keep in touch like we should of. I know he was a caring, loving guy with a great personality. He will forever be missed but will always be in our hearts. He is our angel now that is looking down on us and is going to protect us. He is in a better place now probably smiling down on all of us now, cause that is the kind of person he is. R.I.P Ralf We miss you :(

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Tanya Vandenbusch published condolence .

To the Atencio Family, My prayers are with you and your family during this hard time. I went to school with Ralf at Holy Cross. After we graduated in sixth grade we went our seprate ways and didn't keep in touch like we should of. I know he was a caring, loving guy with a great personality. He will forever be missed but will always be in our hearts. He is our angel now that is looking down on us and is going to protect us. He is in a better place now probably smiling down on all of us now, cause that is the kind of person he is. R.I.P Ralf We miss you :(

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Robert & Vivian Felix published condolence .

Ralf, Julie, & Gabriel, In the nineteen years Ralf shared his life with family, friends, and loved ones, he left a longing and lasting impression of his politeness, kindness, and friendliness. We got to know Ralf through our grand-daughter Jaclyn. We knew that Jaclyn was in good company. Jesus took Ralf through his Kingdom in this blessed season of Lent. If we trust in Our Lord Jesus, Ralf is in a better place where there is no pain, suffering, or crying.

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Jaclyn J. Valdez published condolence .

Ralf, Julie, & Gabs, My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you & the rest of your family. I am so very thankful and blessed to have been a part of Ralf's life. His life was a gift to all that he touched. I couldn't have asked for a better roommate or best friend. His big heart and smile brought sunshine to my days. He truly became a brother to me. He made me laugh and smile. The house full of memories I have of him over the many years we've spent together will be held close to my heart always and forever. I know that he is in Heaven watching over all those that he loves and cares about. Rest in peace my Ralfie. I miss you and love you. Until we meet again...

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Corita Ten Eyck-Stull published condolence .

In memory of the shining, hilarious boy who taught me how to talk right, cheer at football, and answer to the students, too. I will never forget him. So very, very sorry for this tragic loss. --Joining in the rosary tomorrow from afar, praying especially for all those who are mourning for this dear son and friend.

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Jude O & Andrea V published condolence .

Ralf, You were always a wonderful friend to me, even at Holy Cross. "Holy Cross Homies" (HCH). And all through High school, and even in college, I knew you as a strong young man, and a great spirit. You have tought us all how to live, and you will be forever missed. God takes the great ones to be by his side, and I know thats exactly where you are. God Bless You. To the Atencio Family, Ralf was a respectful and wonderful friend and young man, but I'm sure you don't need anyone to tell you that, because you already knew. My thoughts and Prayers are with you and yours at this time, and always. God is by your side. Sincerely, Andrea Vargas & Jude Oka

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Victor Aka Coach, Nancy, Andrea, & Yvette published condolence .

Julie, Ralph, and Gabriel, Knowing and working with Ralf was Always a pleasure due to the great smile, and big heart he showed for everyone and everything. If his heart was as big as his size, the young man would have been 6 foot 10. We will miss him, and he will always have a space in our hearts for him and your family. Our prayers will always be with all of you. Sincerely, The Vargas Family

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Frances Salazar published condolence .

Dear Ralph, Julie, Gabriel and Atencio family. May God Bless you and keep you in His loving arms. My heart aches for you. I am so deeply sorry for your tremendous loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Peter Drake published condolence .

To Gabe, his parents, and family: My heartfelt condolences to you, Gabe, and to your family for the loss of your brother. You have been in my thoughts and prayers all this week. Senor Drake (Peter Drake)

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Jerica & Sierra published condolence .

Ralph, Julie & Gabriel, I am very sorry for your loss. I am blessed and grateful that God planned for Ralf and myself to cross paths. Since the day we met in middle school he was my friend, in highschool he was one of my very closest friends. He will be missed by so many, he was so pleasent to be around. Ralf was the most positive person i have ever known, with the best personality you could ever imagine. He could put a smile on your face without saying a word. Your family is in my prayers. Rafael is in a better place and his soul can now be at peace. He will be in my heart forever. My close friend and my guardian angel. Jerica & Sierra Uncle Ralf, I know i never got to meet you but i know you used to ask auntie Jakk about me all the time! Me and mommy miss you. My mommy has nothing but good to say about you. She has some really funny memories with you! May God Bless you and your family. I Love You uncle Ralfie! Sierra

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Montoya Family published condolence .

To the Atencio Family, Our heartfelt sympathy to you, Rafael was a beautiful person, May all the loving memories bring you peace and comfort at this time, You are in our prayers. Joe, Bonnie, Isaac, Bryan & Krista

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Dianne Thompson Sonive published condolence .

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this time. My heart breaks for all of you and I hope that you can find love, peace, and comfort with God through this difficult time. God Bless You.

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John & Noema Montoya published condolence .

Words cannot express how devastating it has been to hear about Rafaelito. To us, he will always be that adorable little guerito in diapers... playing with Johnelle. There is a picture of him and Johnelle in our kitchen that will continue to remind us of those special moments. Our deepest regret is not having seen him grow up. Our prayers are pouring out to you from your friends in Las Cruces.

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Jay Garcia published condolence .

Atencio Family and Friends, Our prayers are with you in this hard time. Keep up your faith and leave it in Gods hands. God Bless.. Jay Garcia

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Joseph & Dolores Roybal published condolence .

May God Bless you and your family.

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A Mother Of Boys published condolence .

Dearest Julie, Although I've never met you, you have been on my heart every waking minute this week. I did meet your absolutely beautiful son in La Jolla last year -- and I was struck by both of your boys -- they were so polite...perfectly well-mannered and hilariously funny! You have the kind of young men that every mother hopes and prays her own boys become. I know. Rafael must have made your heart swell with pride and joy on many, many occasions. Hold on tight to those precious memories, the gifts that your handsome son left and would want his mama to find comfort in now and in the days ahead. I just want you to know that in addition to the gigantic, warm, loving family that are grieving with you, there are other mommys of boys who are touched by the enormity of your pain. We wish we could help you bear up and we wish that the fact that our hearts break for you would help somehow. I doubt it really does. I send you many, warm hugs, Julie, and tears from California. I promise to continue to pray for you and Ralph and Gab for a very long time. Marilyn,(LT's friend)

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Cindy K. Gallegos published condolence .

To The Atencio Family, I am very sorry for the loss of your young son. May God Bless you all and give you strength. I will keep you in my prayes.

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Dawn Vigil published condolence .

Ralph, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God guide and protect you in your time of sorrow. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Henrietta Leos published condolence .

I cannot imagine the pain associated with the loss of a child or a grandchild! My heart aches for each of you. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. Please know that even though I may not have personally known your son or grandson, I know he must be special because he had a wonderful and beautiful mother and grandmother! Celebrate his life! God will see you through this.

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Beverly Maez published condolence .

Our heart felt condolences go out to the Atencio family. You will always be in our hearts and our prayers. Beverly and EmmaLee Maez Rio Rancho New Mexico

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Anne Wilson published condolence .

Ralph, Julie and Gabriel, I didn't know Raphael personally but my heart and prayers go out to you. From everything I have heard, your son & brother was such a wonderful person. I hope God can bring you peace during this difficult time. God Bless You, Anne

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Sulema Martinez published condolence .

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Rafa on a trip to San Diego. He left some very positive thoughts in my mind of a very kind, respectful, caring young man. Rafa you will be greatly missed. To the Atencio family please accept my deepest condolences during this diffcult time.

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Ssa Lonnie G. Robertson published condolence .

Julie, Ralph & Family; On behalf of myself, Ana & my family, please accept our deepest condolences. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May GOD be with you all in this time of need.

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Usdot-Oig-Jri-6 published condolence .

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Jenifer Block published condolence .

Rafael was a sweet, polite and respectful young man. He was a true testament to the parents who raised him and the family who loved and supported him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Kimberly J Martinez published condolence .

I Will Miss You!! :(

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David & Terry Gonzales published condolence .

Julie Ralph & Gabriel, No words to express. Our heartfelt sympathies to your family and friends. David Terry Andrea Kristen

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Lisa Gurule published condolence .

Rafa, was one of the best kids we have ever known. He always brought a smile to our face, with his jokes and great personality. He will be greatly missed by all... Lisa Gurule, Jessica and Devin Duran

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Geri Miera And Family published condolence .

Our deepest sympathy to all of you. May God carry you and give you peace through this painful time in your lives. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. With all our love, Geri & family

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Andria & Nikki Mondragon published condolence .

To the Atencio family, Ralph was an amazing young man who touched so many lives. We are very fortunate to have the pleasure of having him in our lives...the first to always bring a smile to our faces. No words can begin to fill the void left in many people's hearts by his loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We only hope the wonderful memories of a beautiful person, inside and out, can bring comfort during this time. May God be with your family.

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Rebecca Martinez published condolence .

i wish i could have made it out from california to share my condolences with the family. Ralf was a wonderful friend who made everyone smile. We'll love and miss him dearly but when we look up to the sky we'll know hes looking down on us and we'll know hes smiling.

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Emma Sanchez And Family published condolence .

Johnell, Ralph and Gabriel, you are in our prayers and we are so sorry. Raphael was always so friendly to us where ever he saw us, he was so special. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers. Grandma Sanchez and family

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Rudy, Pam, Jaclyn & Josh Valdez published condolence .

Ralf, Julie, & Gobs: We cannot see what we are writing because our eyes are full of tears and our hearts are wounded, for we have said goodbye to a very special person. How can we even begin to describe our sorrow and at the same time the tremendous pleasure we experienced by knowing Ralph the way we did. Ralph was a second son to us, and a second brother to Jaclyn and Josh. His absence will be painful for a long time to come, however, the wonderful and happy memories he left for us will live forever in our hearts and soul. Que Dios este con todos ustedes en este tiempo tan triste.

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Jessica Francisco published condolence .

Atencio Family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Ralph was a great friend and the memories we had together will forever be engraved in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this tragic time. He will be remembered as the class clown and the one to put a smile on everyone's face. Death is the hardest things that anyone could ever go through but remember that he lived a wonderful happy life full of love from his family and friends. He had the gift of leaving an impression on everyone's life that he meet. He truly touched my life and those of our class (06). He will forever be in my heart and memories. My God give you the strength you are going to need and my he bless you all during this time of grief. He is not gone, he has just went home and will be waiting for all his loved one's at the gates of heaven. Ralph may you rest in peace and look after your family during this time give them the comfort they need to get through this.

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Claudine Jaramillo published condolence .

Julie, Ralph & Gabe, I didn't have the opportunity of knowing you son personally but I knew him thru my grandsons Manuel and Justin Chavez who played football at McCurdy with him. Justin also worked with him this past summer at the restaurant and both have nothing but good thoughts of him. He was a star football player and now he's on the Lord's team. I am sure they play football in heaven too. Rest in peace mi hito, (I call all my grandsons' friends hitos)!! I've had you in my prayers since your passing.

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Bertha & Orlando Maestas published condolence .

Ralph,Julie and the Atencio Family Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very hard time. We pray that the good Lord will give all of you the strength to bear your great loss. May God Bless you and keep you safe,as you know you have an ANGEL looking over you.

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Andrea Quintana published condolence .

Ralph will always be in my heart! he was always so happy. when i was down he would always lift me up! he was an awesome athlete, i remember all the good times we had in footballand all the things he would tell us cheerleaders. rest in peace Ralph, know that you are loved and will truly be missed. WE LOVE YOU!!

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Alex Sisneros Sr & Family published condolence .

Ralph, Julie, Gabriel May God bless your family during this time of grief. My Family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy. Always know you have an angel watching you in heaven. May God Bless you! Alex Sr, Juanita & Audrey

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Kimberly Campion published condolence .

To Who All Loved Him Rafael was an amazing person. I started my friendship with him at a very young age, and my friendship with him will continue as he lives in our hearts. He always had a smile on his face and never let anything get to him even when things seemed to be at the worst. Growing up with him was an amazing thing cuz I got to see every side of him. All of us that came from Holy Cross to McCurdy know how he changed in many ways but always for the better. He will always be in our hearts and he will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with his family right now, and we will all be praying for him and and his family. May God Bless All Kimberly Campion

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Armando & Julie Salazar published condolence .

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy... You are in our thoughts & prayers, as we continue to send your entire family "nuestra condolencias". Your friends, Armando & Julie Salazar

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April Tujillo published condolence .

Mr & Mrs Atencio, My heart and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of grief. Ralph was someone special, always happy and humble . I am blessed to have had the opportunity to have known such a soul and such a generous and kind heart. Please know that you are being prayed over and that God will see you through this tragic time. His Grace, mercy and love are upon you all. God Bless you.

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Angela Vigil published condolence .

My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I will always remember cheering for Ralph at the McCurdy football games! Ralph was loved a lot by many, including his coach, and my grandsons, Eric Jr and Isaiah. My prayers are with you and yours during this very difficult time. May God Bless YOU!!!!!! Ralph will never be forgotten.

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Anita Esquibel Nina Peterson published condolence .

Ralph, Julie, Gabriel and Atencio Family, Please accept our sincere sympathy on your tragic loss. May the Lord comfort you at this time. He will be remembered as a wonderful young man with a great smile. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Anita Esquibel Nina Peterson

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Corina Vigil published condolence .

Julie, Ralph and Gabriel My prayers are with now and I will continue to pray for you and your family. Corina and Matthew Vigil

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Lydia B. Sanchez published condolence .

To Rafaels Family and Friends Don't think of him as gone away His journeys just begun Life holds so many facets This earth is only one Just think of him as resting From the sorry and the tears In a place of warmth and comfort Where there are no days or years Think how he must be wishing That we would know today How nothing but our sadness Can really pass away And think of him as living In the hearts of those he touched For nothing loved is ever lost And he was loved so much!!!!

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Christina Trujillo published condolence .

Ralph, Julie & Gabrial May Our Dear Lord give you all the strength that you will be needing each and everyday from here on. It's extremely hard to loose a loved one. Try to remember two things: that God has his plan for each one of us and how we have another Angel Smiling & Protecting us all. My Love and Prayers are with all of you (Marcella's friend) Chris

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Adela Quintana & Family published condolence .

We are deeply saddened by the news of Rafael's untimely death. Please accept our most sincere condolences on the loss of Rafael. Our family has been praying for him and your family. He was a young man of great insight and personality, and his death is a great loss. The Adela Quintana Family Adela, Judy, Tillie, Marie, Margie, Felix, Clarissa, Grace, and Maria

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Laurie A. Koontz~Kenneth T. Borrego~Trevor K. Borrego published condolence .

Dearest Ralf, Julie, Gabriel, & Atencio Family, Words cannot express the sadness and sympathy that we feel for each one of you... Tears cannot take away the reality that a child & young man that we all shared our lives with will no longer spread his bright light and beautiful spirit with us... I will never forget Ralf's genuine kindness toward me or my family... the hugs and sweet words he would exchange when we would meet. He was the fine young man that he was because of each one of you... We are "here" should you needs us... today, tomorrow, forever... you are considered family in our hearts and minds. May our Heavenly Father comfort you and bring you peace during this most difficult time... We Love You, Laurie, Kenny, Trevor, Alexis, & Kennedie

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Tommy L. Holder published condolence .

Through all life's ups and downs keep your head up and stay strong. Love you Raff!! Will miss you

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Brittany Trujillo published condolence .

Rafael, You are the love of my life and you were and still am my very own guardian angel. We were all sent to each other for a reason, and I can now only go own knowing you're with Jesus and protecting everyone who loved you. You brought such great joy and warmth to my life, and everyone who knew you. No words can express how much I already miss you. You were the only guy my family and friends liked for me, and you were the only guy who I believed was truly perfect. We all will become better people because of you and your genorosity and absolutely wonderful heart! I don't know what to do without you! But I promise you I'll go own and carry you with me in my heart and soul. I love you so so so much, and am so thankful to God for letting me spend the best four months of my life with you. You are our guardian angel now. Take care of us, but rest with Jesus my love. You are at peace now. I love you Rafael with all my heart and I know you loved me too. Thank you for taking care of me. I love you baby boy. Gigidy gididy. My Ralfie Poo B + R = Love Love your baby gurl, Brittany

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Steve And Marcia Martinez published condolence .

RALPH AND JULIE AND FAMILY OUR DEEPEST AND SINCEREST CONDOLENCES ON THE LOSS OF YOUR BELOVED CHILD. MAY GOD GIVE ALL OF YOU, ESPECIALLY YOU RALPH, JULIE AND GABRIEL STRENGTH, PEACE AND COMFORT IN THE DIFFICULT TIMES AHEAD. NOTHING CAN COMFORT YOU RIGHT NOW AS THE LOSS OF A CHILD IS THE MOST DIFFICULT AND PAINFUL EXPERIENCE FOR A PARENT. PLEASE KNOW THAT STEVE AND I SHARE YOUR PAIN AND KNOW THAT ONLY OTHERS WHO LOSE A CHILD CAN UNDERSTAND AND FEEL YOUR PAIN. IF WE CAN HELP IN ANY WAY OR IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. WHEN THE LORD TOOK OUR CHILD THE ONLY COMFORT WE FOUND WAS IN SHARING WITH ANOTHER PARENT WHO HAD BEEN THROUGH THE SAME PAIN AND LOSS. OUR LOVE, THOUGHTS AND PRAYER ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. STEVE AND MARCIA MARTINEZ (MARCELLA'S FRIEND)

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Marie Lucero published condolence .

May God bless your family during this time of grief. My Family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy and know that with family and friends you will start the healing process. Our prayers and love are forever with you.

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The Valerio Family published condolence .

Ralf, Julie and Gabriel, Though words may be meaningless right now, may you find some comfort in the love and concern that surround you from so many who deeply care. There is a special place in our hearts carved out just for memories. Rafael will always be remembered for his beautiful smile and great personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Atencio family. With love from the Valerio's Leonard, Pat, Mike and Amanda GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE.

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A Parent published condolence .

May the Lord heal your heavy hearts and give you some comfort knowing that you will all meet again. He was a great friend to many, I can feel the pain in my son's heart and the tears in his eyes when he talks about his friend Rafael. God Bless You All.

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Jacinda Martinez published condolence .

Rakf, I will forever remember that bright smile you always had on your face all the time, you always walked with your head held high and really shined wearing that McCurdy football uniform. I remember always talking to your dad on the sidlines when we were supposed to be cheering, and how all of us would get so mad when you and Greg and the rest of the upperclassman would give us cheerleaders a hard time =) You are TRUELY going to be missed by many. May your soul be at rest, watch over us as we pray for you.

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Sarah Garcia published condolence .

You Meant So Much You meant so much to all of us You were special and that’s no lie You brightened up the darkest day And the cloudiest sky Your smile alone warmed hearts Your laugh was like music to hear I would give absolutely anything To have you well and standing near Not a second passes When you’re not on our minds Your love we will never forget The hurt will ease in time Many tears I have seen and cried They have all poured out like rain I know that you are happy now And no longer in any pain. I am going to miss you so much ralf, i know we didn't keep in touch often, but now i'm wishing we did. You were such a wonderful person in everyway. You always brought a smile to my face. may God bless you and watch over your family R.I.P your now our guardian angel....

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Quintana Family published condolence .

Atencio's know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.

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Isaac Martinez & Family published condolence .

We can't imagine the terrible loss you must feel at the passing of your young son. I hope you will feel somewhat comforted in knowing that you couldn't have been more caring and supporting parents. His life was a blessing to all who had the privilege to know him. We offer our deepest sympathy during this painful period.

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Janet & Jared Apodaca published condolence .

Ralph, Julie and Gabriel, I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words to express our sympathy. I can still picture you, Ralph and Julie, walking into the bank with Rafael and Gabriel when they were little. May God Bless you and your family at this dificult time.

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Ray And Nila Montoya published condolence .

You and your family are in our prayers. Ralph was a blessing in so many ways, is will be long remembered and loved. My God send you peace and consolation

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Lynda, Reynal And Jamie Martinez published condolence .

Ralph, Julie and Gabriel, We were deeply saddened by the death of Rafael. There are no words that we could say that can reflect the loss that you are experiencing. Only know that since we heard the news of Rafael, he has never been far from our thoughts and he has especially been in our prayers as you have been. We will always remember Rafael serving mass with Fr. Ron. He was truly a blessing to everyone that he encountered. If there is anything that we can do for you, please don't hesitate to contact us. Know that we are there with love and support. Lynda

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Armando And Sylvia Montoya published condolence .

Ralph and Julia, We are very sorry to hear about your son. May God place his healing hands upon you and your family during this time of loss. Always know you have an angel watching you in heaven. God Bless You! Armando and Sylvia Montoya and Family

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Luana & Jacinda Martinez published condolence .

Ralf, Julie & Gabriel No words can express the loss of your son/brother. Remember he is in a place with God and the Angels. Our deepest symphathy. Our prayers to all of you. May time heal your pain and console your hearts. God Bless You! He is your ANGEL!

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Janet Hollis published condolence .

Julie,Ralph,Gabriel,& Family, There are no words to heal the loss of your son and brother. I wish God's blessings for each one of you during this difficult time. God bless!

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Lisa Vigil (Padilla) published condolence .

To the family of Rafael Atencio, I just wanted you to know that your family is in my prayers. Rafael was such a warm hearted, caring, funny and respectful young man. When I would see him at McCurdy he was so full of energy and always had a joking smile on his face. I am truly very sorry for your loss.

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Rosie Valdez published condolence .

Julie and Raplh, words cannot say anything when it comes to the loss of a loved one. The only words that everyone says is, "I am sorry for your loss" It cannot heal the hurt but it can kind smooth the blow. My prayers are with you guys and Gabriel. May God be with you during this time of grieve and may he console you the best way seem fit for you both. It will be a long hard road ahead but with God's help it will be possible to get across the road and accept but never forget the loss. God only knows why Rafael was taken to his kingdom. God Bless you and Gabriel during this time.

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Woodson Family published condolence .

Dear Ralf, Julie & Gabriel - We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your son and brother. There are no words right now that will heal the pain and suffering you are going through. Losing a child is the ultimate loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all your family and your angel in heaven. The Woodson Family

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The Woodson Family published condolence .

Dear Ralf, Julie and Gabriel - We are truely saddened to hear of the loss of your son and brother. There are no words right now that will heal the pain you are going through. Losing a child is the ultimate loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all your family and your angel in heaven. The Woodson Family

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Andrew S. published condolence .

Rafael, I hope that you are at peace, you were so young and such an awesome friend I will never forget you, you touched my life like one one else ever could, I wish I could go back in time and you would have never gone to mexico, I wish we could have continued our journey together, you could have been anything you wanted. I will forever miss you, I will carry you in my heart forever. Thank you for being the best friend a guy could have ever been blessed with. Your were truly one of a kind and the world is just a little worse off without you in it. Always, Andrew

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Jemuel & Leanne Montoya published condolence .

May God Bless the family! Our prayers are with you! The Montoya Family

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Leanne Salazar/leroy & Jonathan Salazar published condolence .

My prayers are with all of you. Rafael was a a very special young man. A few years ago when he was attending McCurdy I had the good fortune of teaching him and from that day on wheneer I met up with him he was always a very respectful young man. I will never forget him and his morning burritos. :) I recently saw him and it is his smile and caring ways that I will forever remember!! May God Bless all of you and should you ever need me or my family please don't hesitate to call for he will be greatly missed!

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Tracey Garcia published condolence .

I am so sorry for your loss. I wish there was something I could say that could help but that is impossible. I loved Raphael he made a great impression on my life.

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Eric And Tammy Vigil published condolence .

Ralf, Julie and Gabs, Our hearts are truly broken for the loss of such a wonderful young man! Rafael was such an important part of our lives for such a long time and left nothing but great memories in our home and in our lives. Our boys will forever remember his beautiful smile and his kind heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! With all our love, Eric, Tammy, Eric Jr. and Isaiah

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Phyllis Sanchez published condolence .

Ralph,Julie,Gabriel I'm so sorry for your loss of your son. There is no words to say but that God is with you at this time and for the rest of time. May God's Blessing be on you and your whole family. Again, my prayers are with you and the entire family. God Bless..........Phyllis Sanchez

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Benny & Liz Garcia published condolence .

Dear Julie, Ralph & Gabriel, There are no words to express our deepest sympathy to all of you. Rafael was the most polite, considerate, and delightful young man we were honored to have known. May the Lord give you the strength you will need to go on without him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. One day you will meet again.

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Frances Castellano published condolence .

Dear Ralf and Julie & Family: We are very sorry in the loss of your hito, Raphael. He was a wonderful young man and a good friend to Jose. We will always remember their times at Holy Cross. Know that he was loved by many and was so respectable and caring. He would always go out of his way to say hello wherever we would meet up with him. If you need anything, please let us know. Frances and Lawrence Castellano and family

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Veronica & Peter Trujillo published condolence .

Rafael- I will never forget yesterday when Peter called me at work to tell me the sad news- he told me "Mom- my big brother Rafael died, he was shocked". You were and always will be his big brother- you were always there for Peter- when Peter was in kindergarten and you become his big brother he was so happy cause he didn't have any brothers, we will never forget that you were there for his kindergarten graduation and he was so happy that you went to talk to him at the state tournaments, you never forgot Peter and he will never forget you. I know that you will always take care of Peter- cause now you will be his Angel Forever.

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Nicole published condolence .

Ralf You will greatly be missed by your friends and family. We didn't get the chance to talk as much as we should of but either way you will be greatly missed. Although you are gone now you and your friends and family are in my prayers as well. R.I.P.

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Connie Trujillo published condolence .

Julie, Ralph and Gabriel, Our Deepest Sympathy is with you and your family at this time. May the Dear Lord help you through the tough times. God Bless you. Our prayers are with you and Rafael. Irene Meza Andres, Michele, & Anndrea Vigil Pete, Connie, Vanessa & Kimberly Trujillo

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Rhonda And Leo published condolence .

Ralph, Julie and Gabriel- We are so sorry about your loss of Rafael. Our hearts are hurting for you. We are praying for you and asking God to wrap his loving arms around you and grant you comfort and strenght. Please let us know if we can help in any way--don't hesitate to call.

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Becky And Reynaldo Trujillo published condolence .

Julie and Ralf, so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious son it was such a shock. I remember him so young and shy when I would pick him up for preschool. I will never forget him. Our prayers go out to you all. From Becky, Ray and Marcos Trujillo

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Desiree Martinez published condolence .

Ralf you were always happy, joking, never sad.. we had some grea memories that I will never forget. thanks for everythng u did for me when there was no one else.. I know your happy still and ur in a better place I will never forget u .. i mean my car is blue and u always called me desi smurf remember??? well Ralf Rest in peace with the beautiful angels and watch over ur family... God Bless

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