Saying Goodbye to Susana

The funeral for kidnapping and murder victim Susana de Jesus took place today at St. Luke's Catholic Church. Bill Stamps was there and has this report.
This was a day many hoped would never happen, but most people believed it probably would after it was announced Susana de Jesus had been taken at gunpoint. For weeks family, community members held out hope that she would be found alive. That flicker of hope was smothered last week with the arrest of Nicolas Jean and then the recovery of Susana's body.

She was 37-years old, walking to her car with a coworker after work. Jean has admitted to police he wanted her car, a new Cadillac. For that she was killed and now family members are saying goodbye.

Constable Victor Trevino attended the funeral.

"It's a difficult time. To be the victim of a horrible crime and you've got to say your goodbye's, so that's what this is about. It's about the family and remembering Susana."

Houston is no stranger to crime, but Susanna de Jesus' abduction dominated headlines for weeks. Perhaps because it happened in the normally quiet suburb of Pearland. Or perhaps it was because many people could relate to her.

Celeste Lockstein says she herself works not far from where Susana was taken.

"I work about a half a mile away from where she got kidnapped, so it was a little bit scary going to work."

"When someone is just working hard getting off work and to be victimized like that, it touches everybody. It touches everyone, cause we think about our loved ones going to work, getting off of work, trying to make it home, and it didn't happen."

 
The pictures the family provided to the media show a young woman always smiling. Relatives and friends of Susana de Jesus believe she is now smiling in heaven.

Bill Stamps, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.