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Fundraisers For Lopez Family Fill Weekend

To help raise money for the family of Norma Angelica Lopez, the Moreno Valley teen abducted and killed last week, a restaurant chain will donate part of its sales from two restaurants today.

Moreno Valley’s two Chili’s Grill & Bar restaurants will make a 15 percent donation from each sale to the Lopez family as part of a daylong fundraiser. Patrons need only bring in a flier with Norma’s information to make a donation possible, according to organizers.

Fliers can be downloaded at http:///www.FindNormaLopez.com.

The restaurants are at 27050 Fir Ave. and 12525 Frederick St.

Norma was abducted July 15 and her body was found five days later, about 2 1/2 miles from where she was taken.

A memorial is planned from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, 25075 Cottonwood Ave.

A funeral Mass is set for 1 p.m. Thursday at the same church. Norma’s family said people are welcome to pay their respects.

Norma attended summer school the morning of July 15 at Valley View High School, and was en route to a friend’s house on Cottonwood Avenue when she was snatched, according to Riverside County sheriff’s officials.

Investigators won’t say how Norma died or if she was sexually assaulted.

Members of the girl’s family talked about their loss Thursday outside their home on Dunbar Court. Elizabeth Lopez was joined by her father, Martin, 16-year-old sister Sonia and 13-year-old brother Jose.

“If you know something, tell police,” Elizabeth Lopez said. “That way, we could find this person. That way, this won’t happen again to another girl out there. We want to get the killer … so no other family will have to go through something like this.”

A green sport utility vehicle was seen leaving the field where Norma was last seen alive. Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Borja said investigators would still like to know who was in the vehicle — if nothing else than to rule out the occupants as suspects.

A $35,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for killing Norma. A bank account has been opened at Wells Fargo into which well-wishers can deposit funds to benefit the slain girl’s family. Donations can be made at any branch.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call (877) 242-4345.

KESQ News Team

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