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South Florida Community Comes Together in Memory of Nubia Barahona

KENDALL, FL (WFLX)  Nearly two weeks after investigators found ten year old Nubia Barahona dead in the back of a pesticide truck in West Palm Beach, the little girl is getting a proper goodbye. Nubia and her twin brother, Victor, who was fighting for his life in the same truck, were both soaked in chemicals.

On Sunday afternoon, dozens of people, many of them parents of Nubia and Victor Barahona's classmates, came to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kendall to remember Nubia. Some wrote goodbye notes, saying they were blessed to know her.

"It just tells us how much we still love her and even though she isn't here physically, she will remain alive in our hearts," explained Lisette Mendez Vallardes.

Vallardes' daughter was friends with Nubia.

"My daughter told me, "Nubia's always hungry and asking me for my food," she said. "No person in this world should ever go hungry or suffer as much as she did."

On Valentine's Day, investigators found Nubia's dead body covered with chemicals in the back of a pesticide truck on I-95 in West Palm Beach. Her twin brother, Victor, barely alive, was also soaked in chemicals in the truck's cab, along with their adoptive father, Jorge Barahona.

"We put Nubia to rest in God's eyes and with God," said Yovani Perez, the Barahona family's ex son-in-law.

Perez's seven year old daughter, Alessandra, told a therapist she saw abuse going on in the Barahona home. A judge recently ruled in Perez's favor for custody of the girl. Perez had been fighting with his wife, Jennifer, Carmen Barahona's biological daughter, for that right.

"She's a wonderful girl," said Perez about his daughter. "God put her to this mission and amongst all the obstacles, she was able to do something."

Still, others are speaking out against the DCF, saying the agency did not do its job.

"There is nothing in this world that a ten year old child could do to deserve the lifetime of abuse these two children endured," said Joanne Muniz, who organized the memorial. "It is the hope of all of us today that the people responsible for the death of Nubia and the physical and mental pain and injuries inflicted on Victor will be brought to justice."

DCF officials say Victor Barahona is improving. He's still in Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Authorities have not released the official cause of Nubia's death. The twins' adoptive father, Jorge Barahona, remains in jail on charges of attempted murder and aggravated child abuse.

Investigators with the Florida Department of Children and Families will hold their next meeting on the Barahona family on Tuesday, March 1 at 8 a.m. at their Miami headquarters.

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