Sirita Jimmina Sotelo
2000 - Jan. 21, 2005
This web site is dedicated to my foster daughter,
Sirita Sotelo, who was murdered Friday, January 21, 2005. We were blessed
to have Sirita with us Feb. - Nov. 2003, after which we transitioned her
to live with her biological father and step mother. She had lived
with them a little over a year. She would have been 5 in three
weeks. We are of course devastated.
She was a sweet little girl. She loved music
and she loved to dance. She knew she could always delay bedtime
another 5 minutes by asking to see Mars; she could point it out in
the southern sky. I was so proud, because I had taught her that.
She liked clanking our glasses together and drinking root beer
floats. I called her “Boo-Boo.” She liked it, and sometimes
called me “Boo-Boo.” I said no, you are Boo-Boo, Mommy is
Moo-Moo, and I am Ugu-Moo-Goo. She liked sitting on my
shoulders waving the flag while I danced around the house humming
“Stars and Stripes Forever.” She had a beautiful voice and
picked up songs very quickly, often after only hearing me sing them
once. She was a real fashion princess – she liked getting
dressed up in outfits with her hair done up with hair pretties.
She was smart, she was pretty, she was wonderful and we were lucky
to have her in our lives. If I didn’t believe in God right now and
didn’t believe she was in heaven I think I would go crazy.
As you can
imagine, I have gone through the gamut of emotions. The one that
sticks out most is ultimately a little selfish. It’s how much I
To my friends that wish to make a condolence
gift: in lieu of flowers, the most fitting tribute would be a donation
to the Sirita Sotelo Memorial Fund at
Children's Home Society or a
donation in Sirita's name to the children's charity of your choice.
To all those who have offered
us their condolences and prayers, I give my heartfelt thanks. To
everyone that asked if there is anything they could do, I answer
this - help me pass Sirita's Law. Read about it here, and then
call your lawmaker.
It's too late for my little
girl, but there are thousands more children at risk today, just like
Sirita. If the death of my daughter is what it takes to change the
law - the price was too high.