Hundreds filed in to a Stickney funeral home to pay respects a month after Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s grisly murder.
Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was remembered Saturday morning as a loving mother who was working tirelessly for a better life for her young family before her life was cut short last month.
Hundreds filed in to Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Stickney to pay respects to the slain 19-year-old.
Nadia Alva said she hadn’t seen Ochoa-Lopez since they graduated together from Sandra Cisneros Elementary, but felt compelled to say her final goodbye.
“I couldn’t believe the news when I first heard it,” she said. “It only hit me after her candle lighting. It’s hard saying goodbye.”
Helda Díaz and her son Jacob live across the street from the funeral home.
Díaz said she was working out in the yard when she heard hymns ahead of the service.
“Marlen’s story makes you cry, especially as a mother,” she said.
The services took place about a month after the grisly slaying of Ochoa-Lopez, who had been weeks away from delivering her second child. She was lured to a Southwest Side home with promises of free baby clothes, only to be strangled and to have her baby cut from her womb, authorities say.
The infant remains on life support at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Carlos Ballesteros is a corps member in Report for America, a not-for-profit journalism program that aims to bolster Sun-Times’ coverage of Chicago’s South and West sides.