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Memorial service held for Jessica Morales

September 19, 2010 12:28:55 PM PDT
A memorial service Saturday was an emotional goodbye to a 20-year old woman killed in the explosion and fire in San Bruno.

20-year-old Jessica Morales will be laid to rest on Monday.

Morales is remembered as someone who was easy to love. Her mother, Rene Morales, was the first to speak at her funeral mass and said she wrote 20 versions of her speech, yet still found it tough to say the words.

"Where do I start? How do I begin to say farewell when I cannot even believe you are gone?" she asked. "How do I say goodbye to my heart and soul?"

Her mother said she wanted everyone to know that Jessica was an incredible daughter.

"From the time you were born I felt this indescribable feeling of love. I remember the time I brought you home from the hospital and I felt like our family was complete," she recalled.

Jessica was at her boyfriend's house when the fire happened. She was trapped inside. Her boyfriend, Joseph Ruigomez, is in the hospital with second and third-degree burns. San Bruno firefighters offered the Morales family their condolences at the service.

Jessica's 8-year-old brother bravely spoke about his sister.

"I wish she can come back. She was a great sister. From when she supported me and did everything to make me happy," he said.

Jessica will be buried on Monday.

San Bruno officials say four people are confirmed dead from the tragedy. Three others are still missing and four are still in the hospital suffering from severe burns.


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