Rosaura Oquendo’s grieving mother spoke about her daughter on the eve of what would have been her 17th birthday.
“Please, when your parents tell you to do something, it’s not because we don’t want you to do it, it’s because we love you,” she told the crowd of at least 200 people through a megaphone a man was holding up for her, during a candlelight vigil in front of their W.81st St. home Wednesday evening.
Sunday night, Rosie, as she was called, was dragged to death in front of her home by an SUV.
“Modeling was a passion. She wanted to be an anesthesiologist,” Rosie’s mother said to the crowd.
Police say the SUV that dragged Rosie was driven by a 16-year-old boy.
Police arrested the teen Wednesday for obstruction of justice and leaving the scene of an accident.
According to the 911 caller who witnessed it, Rosie was getting out of the SUV when a piece of her clothing became stuck in the door.
The SUV drove off, and Rosie fell, hitting her head, and was dragged several yards.
“She was like a sister to me, almost. I cared for her a lot. She was always there to make me smile and stuff,” said Tony Coppola.
“I would say that I love her, and I miss her, and I wish I could just hug her one last time,” said mourner Aaron Jones.
Hundreds of people, mostly teenagers, gathered for a candlelight vigil in front of Rosie’s home Wednesday night.
“I lost a close friend, like a piece of my heart just got ripped off,” said William Colon.
Visitation for Rosie will be Thursday, February 9, from 2 p.m. to 9p.m. at Craciun Berry Funeral Home at 7200 Detroit Ave. in Cleveland.